Lola's Loves - Diono Little Tikes Sit and Play Bouncer

Monday, March 31, 2014

Within the last few weeks, Lola has started to become more aware of her surroundings.  She often enjoys just sitting and looking around the room observing the things going around her -- including the noises coming from her not so quiet big brother.  Lately she hasn't been a fan of sleeping which, as you know moms, means a super cranky baby.  As much as I love her, I just can't carry her around all day.  Not only does it kill my back, but she also needs to learn to play independently and not think that I will give into all over her diva demands.  She has an activity mat that she loves but is still a little too little for the sitting activity center.  While the activity mat is fun, it can only last so long.  I needed something that would keep her occupied and busy so I could attempt to get some things done around the house during the day.

I came across the Diono Little Tikes Sit and Play Bouncer and immediately got excited!  This bouncer was so versatile and had a ton of great features that were perfect for Lola.

Here are my favorite things about the Diono Little Tikes Sit and Play Bouncer:

1.  The Mesh Recline Feature
I love how I can zip up this mesh recline feature so Lola can bounce and play with the toys or unzip it and allow her some quality relaxation time.  My favorite time to use this feature is when she starts to get fussy, I can unzip the mesh part and let her relax and enjoy some Baby Einstein for a bit.

2. The Removable Toy Bar
The removable toy bar hangs right within reach of Lola's little arms.  It has two plush hanging toys with a little mirror in the middle.  When it's time to relax, I can remove the bar and let her enjoy the sites all around.

3.  Soothing Vibrations and Sound Feature
When Lola is super fussy, I can hit the vibration switch and it immediately calms her down.  Another great thing about this feature is that it can also play two different songs or nature sounds as well.

4. The Removable Seat Pad
Let's be honest here - babies are pretty good at making messes!  The other day Lola spit up and unfortunately the Sit and Play seat pad was not missed.  I easily removed the pad and threw it right into the washing machine.  It cleaned up great and was easy to put right back on.  Plus it features a three point harness that is adjustable so I can make sure that Lola is nice and secure while playing.

5.  It is super light and portable!
The Diono Little Tikes Sit and Play Bouncer is really light and easy to move to any room in the house.  Some days it will be with us in the basement as I run on the treadmill while other days I can easily move it to the living room while I fold laundry.  It weighs less than 4 pounds so there is no huffing and puffing to move this bouncer!

While the Diono Little Tikes Sit and Play Bouncer is only meant for babies up to 19 lbs, I'm excited to know that Lola has more options for her playtime.  This bouncer doesn't take up a lot of room, is portable and offers a decent amount of entertainment options.  If it keeps my grumpy (and sleep fighting) girl happy, then we know it is a keeper!

For more information on the Diono Little Tikes Sit and Play Bouncer or other Diono products, check out their website.  You can also find the Diono Little Tikes products at online at Walmart or Babies R Us.

Disclosure: I received a product in return for my honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

CVS Match Ups for the Week of 3/30

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Last week was a crazy week.  I endured my first weekend alone with the kids as well as a baby who is refusing sleeping quite frequently.  However, today is gorgeous, I got my run in and baby girl is going on hour three of her nap.  Freak accident?  I'm pretty certain.  But I'll take it!

Now that I have time to get some match ups together, here are some great deals you can grab at CVS!

Spend $20 on the following products and get $5 ECB:
--Pantene - 3/$12.  Use $5/3 (Mar PG - expires 3/31!) or $3/3 (April PG).  Final Price: as low as $2.33 each when you buy 3

--CoverGirl makeup - Buy 1 Get 1 50% off.  Use $3/2 (Mar PG - expires 3/31).  Final Price: varies

-[-Dawn dish soap - $0.99.  Use $1/2 (Mar PG - expires 3/31) or $0.25 (March PG).  Final Price: as low as $0.49 each when you buy 2

--Old Spice deodorant - Buy 1 Get 1 50% off.  Use $2/2 (April PG).  Final Price: varies

--Pampers jumbo packs - 2/$18.  Use $1.50/any (March PG - expires 3/31) or $1.50/Swaddlers printable or $1.50/Baby Dry printable or $1/2 (April PG).  Final Price: as low as $7.50 

--Pepsi 12 packs - 3/$9

--Tide - $5.94.  Use $0.50 (March PG - expires 3/31) or $1.50/2 Tide Free (April PG) or $1/2 Tide (April PG).  Final Price: as low as $5.24 each when you buy 2

Here are some other great deals:
--Crest Sensi-Reflief - $4.99 and get $1 ECB.  Use $1 off (March PG - expires 3/31) or $1 Pritnable.  Final Price:  $2.99 after ECB

--Oral-B Cross Action power toothbrush - $5.99 and get $2 ECB.  Use $3 off (April PG).  Final Price: $0.99 after ECB

--Oral-B Stain erasing toothbrush - $9.99 and get $4 ECB.  Use $2 off (March or April PG).  Final Price:  $4.99 after ECB.

--Gillette Venus - $9.99 and get $2 ECB.  Use $4 off (April PG).  Final Price:  $3.99 after ECB

--Arizona tea - $0.79

--Hershey's Easter Kisses, Eggs, Minis or Cadbury Minis - 2/$5 and get $1 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $1/2 CVS coupon.  Final Price:$1.50 each when you buy 2 after ECB

--M&Ms Mega, Birthday Cake or Mars singles - $0.99.  Use CVS coupon (machine in store).  Final Price: $0.25

Any other great deals you found this week?

Indy Mini Marathon Training - Week 7

Friday, March 28, 2014

Another week down in my training!  However, this week was really quite a bust.  Once again, Lola has been extremely off with her sleeping and therefore I'm running on fumes.  Plus it was all I could do to get her to nap for 30 minutes and let's get real, I'm no Road Runner.  I'm not getting in my 7 miles in that short of time.  Plus she has been super clingy and wasn't into the Baby Einstein so that wasn't an option this week.
Want to know what else wasn't an option?
Running outside.
I'm O.V.E.R. this Indiana weather.  
I had planned on doing my long 10 mile run outside today.  Unfortunately as I'm getting around and listening to the wind outside I realized that the weather wasn't on my side today.  I mean 39 mile an hour gusts don't offer the best running weather.  So sadly I had to run on the treadmill and only got in 7 miles before the Baby Cry-a-Thon. 

This week's reflections:

How do I feel you ask?
Pissed I didn't get my mileage, or even close to it, this week.  I was so psyched for my long run today too but I guess I should be thankful I could make the 7 miles so effortlessly.  Next week I will be on the training ball - tired and all.

My Goals for this Race:
My goal is still to maintain a steady pace and finish it running without having to stop.  Friday is an 11 mile run so this will be a true test of my endurance.  However I will have the stroller with me so we will see how the run pans out.

What I Want to Do This Week:
I'm going to get in every single run on my training schedule this week.  I need to suck it up and get them in.  Maybe I'll do a few evening runs when the husband gets home from work.  It's just so hard now with two kiddos -- your time is eaten up even more than it was before.

Time for bed my friends.  I need to start mentally preparing myself for next week.  Like now.
Please baby keep sleeping.

Cohenisms Part 2 - Words from the Wise 3 Year Old

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dear Lord this child keeps me on my toes.  He's just about 3 and a half and there are days I'd rather have a root canal than deal with his Jekyll and Hyde moments (post coming about this later).  But the older he gets, the smarter he gets, which makes me realize I need to watch what comes out of my own mouth.  I posted a Cohenisms post awhile back so I thought I'd update some of the amazingly hilarious things that have been said by my three year old lately.  

It's Wednesday.  We all need a good laugh.

--In the movie theater -- "Hey Mom!  I got ice in my beer!"  This was not said in a whisper either.

--One day during one of the 2340283490 snowstorms we had this year, we were playing in the basement.  He looks at me and says, "Mom, I need my helmet."  I explain to him, "We don't have a helmet buddy."  He responds, "Oh yes we do."  And did this:

Don't worry.  These were off his clean clothes pile.
He did this for about two weeks straight.

--The other night Kurtis goes up to say goodnight to Cohen.  Cohen responds with, "Night Daddy.  Love you, but you have stinky breath."

--Last week I went to pick up Cohen from school.  It was a rare gorgeous day so his class was playing outside with another class.  One of the teachers stopped me to say at lunch she sat with him and pulled out a Diet Coke.  Apparently Cohen asked her why she was drinking beer.  She said he was absolutely convinced she was drinking beer with her lunch.  Only my child would ask his teacher what beer she was a church school.

--My parents came last weekend to help keep me sane while my husband played Fantasy Baseball all weekend in Ohio.  Cohen loves my dad, whom he calls Papa.  However, he's recently picked up that Papa's real name is Ger and knows it makes us laugh when he says, "See ya, Ger."   Sunday when they were leaving he obviously forgot what Papa's name was and came up with the next closest name as he calls out, "See ya later, Jesus!"
Ger.  Jesus.  Same beginning sound.
I'll give it to him.

Cohen Lee you are by far one of the most funny three year olds I know.
Now please quit it with the naughty attitude and we can all live happily ever after.

Until next time,

The Mess a Mom Dreads + Giveaway

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The best part of being a mom is playing dress up.  Now that I have a daughter it's a whole new ball game.  I mean bows and dresses and rompers and tutus -- the options are endless!  So a few days ago I decided to play dress up with my Lola girl.  She was sweetly laying on the floor while I grabbed outfits from the closet and matched them with the appropriate leggings, diaper covers and shoes.  (Yes, I know she doesn't walk yet but every girl must have great shoes.)  I finally decided on this sweet outfit:

I know, adorbes.  

We then headed downstairs for our early afternoon bottle.  I carefully snapped up her bib and even placed an extra burp cloth over his outfit in case of any spit up disasters.  Just as she was finishing her bottle, I had said to her, "Lola you look so dang cute today I can't handle it!"  And no less than ten seconds after I said that she expelled the most unladylike, manly and gruesome noise I've ever heard come from her body.  My legs suddenly got super warm and I knew what had just happened.

Lola had the world's biggest blowout in her most adorable outfit ever.

I should have known this was going to happen, duh.  I mean, once those words came out of my mouth I had jinxed myself immediately.  Not only did this blowout mean I had to change (sigh.) her adorable outfit BUT I had to get my active stain fighter mixture on is ASAP.  

Seriously.  Blowouts stink. 

Moms, I'm here to use my story as an example.  I'm here to save the day from these untimely and despicable blowouts. 
Let me introduce you to a product that will save you from these wretched incidents that no mom wants to, nor has the time to deal with these days.

BabyBackups are hypoallergenic pads that fit between the waistband of the diaper and your baby's back.  Basically you stick them on any brand of diaper and they keep those blowouts right where they are supposed to stay - in that diaper!

Here's how it works:

Peel off the adhesive strip cover and press the pad into the top of the diaper.

Once you've placed your BabyBackup, diaper up your babe!

Easy as that my friends!

Another great feature of the BabyBackups are the blue alignment indicator that helps you make sure you have placed the pad in the right place quickly and effectively.  We know how important that is when you have a wiggle worm of a little one!  Plus BabyBackups come with a convenient travel pack so you can throw your pads in your diaper bag to make sure you have them wherever you travel.  Blowouts can and will happen anywhere, so it's best to be always be prepared!

But want to know what's even better?  Five, yes five lucky readers will win their own set of BabyBackups and a travel pack to make sure you are prepared wherever you may go!

Don't let this:

Happen to you!
Be prepared with BabyBackups!

For more information, be sure to check out their website to shop for your BabyBackups.

Disclosure:  I was provided a product sample for review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Kroger Match Ups for the Week of 3/20 (Central)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oh it's a busy weekend yet the cupboards are bare.  Crossing my fingers I can get to Kroger before my family starts eating potatoes, PB&J and cereal because that's all we have left to eat.

Here are this week's best deals:

4 Day Sale (ends 3/23):
--Asparagus - $0.88/lb

--Kroger milk (half gallon) - 5/$5

--Whole boneless New York Strip - $5.99/lb

Other Sale Items:
--Avocados - $0.99

--Blackberries - $0.99

--Green beans - 10lbs for $10

--Eckrrich  Smok Y Links - 2/$4

--Kroger pasta - $1.00

--Starkist tuna can or pouch - 4/$5.  

--Think Thin Bar - 4/$5.  Use $0.75 off (RP 2/2).  Final Price:  $0.50

--Kroger Apple Juice - $1.88

--Kroger or Turkey Hill half gallon ice cream - 2/$5

The following items are part of the March to Savings sale - Buy 5 and get $5 off (prices reflect savings):
--Campbell's Slow Cooker or Skillet Sauce - $1.79.  Use $1 off (SS 1/12).  Final price: $0.79

--Kraft salad dressing - $0.99

--Lay's chips - $1.99

--Cheetos or Fritos - $1.49

--Cheez-It Crackers - $1.99.  use $1/2 (Rp 1/26)

--Teddy Grahams - $2.79.  Use $0.75/2 (SS 2/23).  Final Price: $2.42 each when you buy 2

--GoGo Squeeze Applesauce (12 ct) - $5.49.  Use $0.75 of (facebook page).  Final Price: $4.74

--Go-Gurt - $1.49.  Use $0.75/2.  Final Price:  $1.12 each when you buy 2

--Helluva Good dip - $0.99.  Use $0.75 off (SS 1/26).  Final Price: $0.24

--Quaker Real Medley's - $0.99

--Thomas bagels - $1.99.  Use $0.55 off (SS 1/19).  Final Price:  $1.44

--Old El Paso frozen entrees - $5.49.  Use $1 off (SS 1/26).  Final Price: $4.49

--Downy - $3.99.  Use $0.50 off (March PG).  Final Price:  $3.49

--Tide - $4.99.  Use $0.50 off (March PG or Kroger digital).  Final Price: $4.49

--Huggies or Pampers - $7.99

--Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick - $1.00.  Use $1 (SS 3/9).  Final Price: FREE

Any other deals you found this week at Kroger?

Indy Mini Marathon Training - Week #6

I'm officially half way done with my training for the Mini!  I'm going to be honest, this week was kind of a burn out of a week.  The weather was crappy and I'm over running on a treadmill.  I only got in four runs for a total of about 17 miles.  However, today I got to run outside in the beautiful weather and I covered 9 miles! HOLLA!  Thanks to the Britney Spear Spotify station and the giant squirrels that I swear were going to eat my shoes, my adrenaline kept up the majority of my run.  Running alone versus with a jogging stroller is 238498234903 times easier.  I'm debating on looking for a new lighter weight stroller.  Any suggestions moms?

Here's my opinions on this week:

How do I feel you ask?
This week, like I mentioned earlier, I really started feeling burnt out.  I knew Friday was my big run so I was determined to do well on it and I was happy that I ran all of it but .25 miles.  Next week I'm hoping to get out and do a few more trail runs but by the looks of the weather, it may not happen.  Lola is still struggling with naps so I'm lucky to get a few miles at a time on the treadmill.

My Goals for this Race:
After today's run I'm more confident that I'll be able to run all 13.1 miles.  I need to remember to eat a better breakfast and hydrate more on my long run days.  I would've been able to run all 9 today but I started to get lightheaded, so next week for the 10 miles that's in my plan I will definitely drink more water and eat a little bit better of a breakfast.
(I had a muffin.  From Starbucks.  And it was the bomb.)

What I Want to Do This Week:
I definitely need to get in more cross training this week.  I'm doing all this great cardio with my running but my muscle toning isn't as great as it should be -- especially after having two babies.  My meal planning this week is also going to be a bit healthier and I have a few yummy crockpot recipes planned.  (I'm going to share an amazeballs Chicken Chili one that I made that is heaven!)

Even though I didn't get the full 27 miles in this week, I still feel great, especially after my run today.  Now that Lola is sleeping better at night, I'm going to think about waking up in the morning before she wakes up and seeing if I can bust a few miles out.  Right now it looks like I may be able to get one or two runs outside this week so keeping my fingers crossed that the snow that is supposed to happen on Tuesday decides to stay away!

To another week my friends!

Target Match Ups for the Week of 3/16

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I'm pretty sure that Target's slogan should be...
Having a bad day?  Come to Papa.  Love, Target.

There is something about browsing the aisles and enjoying my time at my store.  However I think I may have to spend a few extra minutes and start going to the Super Target on the other side of town.  The Target by my house has had their cafe closed for several days.  Thank God Cohen wasn't with me because he'd be devastated if he couldn't get his slushie.

Here are a few deals you can snag this week at your Target:
--Select Bic disposable razors - $2.99.  Use $3 off (SS 3/9).  Final Price: FREE

--Garnier Fructis shampoo or conditioner - $2.49.  Use $2 off (RP 3/2).  Final Price: $0.49

--Crystal Light Liquid Drink mix - $3.49 and get a $5 Target gift card when you buy 3.  Use three $1 off (printable or SS 3/16).  Final Price: $0.82 each when you buy 3 after gift card.

--Special K cereal - $2.99.  Use 50% Cartwheel deal and use $0.75 from Ibotta.  Final Price:  $0.75.

--Kellogg's Mini Wheats - $2.99.  Use 50% Cartwheel deal and $0.70/Touch of Fruit (RP 2/16).  Final Price: $0.79

--Mossimo yoga pants - $10.00 --- these things are the!!

Last week I found an amazeballs Halo Swaddle blanket on clearance for $5!! I was so excited and now I'm mad that I didn't grab the blue one too.  These things are the best swaddle blankets.

What deals did you find this week at Target?

Lola Girl is 4 Months Old

Once again in the blink of an eye my little sweet pea has turned another month older!  Lola girl is officially 4 months old and I'm not sure if it's possible to love her anymore.  She is definitely transitioning from newborn to baby and my heart is slowly breaking.  My official back-to-work-date is April 21.  That breaks my heart even more.  However, my amazeballs college sitter is coming to watch her at our house for the last seven weeks of school.  I can totally do seven weeks, right?  Just praying to God we don't get anymore random snowstorms.  Wouldn't surprise me unfortunately.

Here's how my Lola girl is growing this month:

Size:  We go on Friday for her 4 months appointment (and shots - wah!) but I'm thinking she's around 14 lbs.  She is super long and has outgrown some of her jammies because her poor little toes are curled up in the feet.  She is definitely in 3-6 month clothes and 6 month jammies.  Most of her 3 month onesies are too short in the arms too.  I'm having anxiety about packing away a lot of her baby clothes.  I wasn't ever like this with Cohen but with Lola it's hard for me to see the clothes go away.  Warm weather needs to hurry up though because her closet of rompers and dresses is calling her name!

Eating:  Lola eats four 5 ounce bottles a day and a 7 ouncer before bed.  During the day she goes anywhere from 3 and half to 4 hours between bottles. We started oatmeal in the evenings and girlfriend is loving it!  I'm hoping she drops her middle of the night bottle here soon and then we'll do oatmeal in the morning and at night.

Sleeping:  Well, this has now turned into a touchy subject.  We are officially in our crib now for naps and night.  She goes down around 7:30, wakes up for a bottle around 4 or 5 and then is back down until 8 or 9.  However, the naps lately are giving me ulcers.  We are lucky to get three 30 minute naps a day.  That's it.  Umm, help?  She's obviously tired because she will be so grumpy and grouchy.  It's just annoying to keep going into her room and rocking her back to sleep or putting the paci back in and patting because 5 minutes later those dang peepers are wide open on the monitor.  She is still swaddled and I've tried not swaddling but it doesn't matter - 30 maybe 40 minutes if I'm lucky.  Any tips moms?

Likes:  Lola loves music and has become quite fond of Baby Einstein.  On her super fussy nights or days, I may put a short Baby Einstein video on and the girl is glued to the T.V.  She also loves to be held (of course) and when people talk to her.  Her laugh is such a sweet little giggle.  One of her favorite snugglies is her Bun Bun from cousin Sara.  She loves kisses too and will open her mouth open big and wide - it's hilarious.  Cohen has become quite fond of her sweet cheeks too because I'll often hear him say - "I'm going to kiss your cheekies," and then smooches away.

Dislikes:  Naps.  The kid hates naps just like her brother.  Lord help me.  Am I doing something wrong?  She also hates waiting for her bottle.  There have been a few times at night you'd think she hadn't eaten in days by the sound of her cry.  Kid likes to eat I guess.

Milestones:  Sweet little Lola rolled from her back to her tummy yesterday.  It was hilarious watching her get that chubby leg over her body.  But she did it like a champ!  She still hasn't rolled from her belly to back but once the rolling is more consistent I'll have to get her out of that swaddle.  She is also in her crib full time and sleeps 8-10 hours at night before waking up for a bottle.  Lola also experienced her first outdoor run with me last week when we ran 8 miles together!  

This little girl is just a sweet little pumpkin.  I feel like time is just flying by with her whereas with Cohen I was so excited for the next month and milestone.  Don't get me wrong, I am always excited to see what happens next but this time around I'm really just soaking up all of my snuggles and baby time.  I'm pretty sure we are working on our bottom teeth because the diaper rash and drool have been out of control.  I was looking in Cohen's calendar and he had four teeth by five months.  The kid was ready for steak dinner by a year with a full mouth of chompers.

  Now if the warm weather would just hurry up because the plethora of rompers in her closet must be worn before she outgrows them.  Plus I need to get out of my winter funk and get out on some outdoor runs before I have to head back to work!

Happy 4 Months my Sweet Little Girl!

CVS Match Ups for the Week of 3/16

Monday, March 17, 2014

I played sloth all weekend long.  Seriously.  I'm trying to catch up on my lack of sleep from last week as well as house chores, laundry and of course blogging.

Here are a few of this week's best deals at CVS (hopefully I'll make it there this week):
--Speed Stick, Irish Soap body wash or bar soap - 2/$8 and get $2 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $0.50/body wash or $0.50/bar soap or $1/Speed Stick (SS 3/9).  Final Price:  as low as $2 each when you buy 2 after ECB

--VO5 shampoo or conditioner - $0.77

--Colgate Total toothpaste, mouthwash or toothbrush - 2/$6.98 and get $2 ECB back when you buy 2.  Use $1/Toothpaste or $1/mouthwash or $1/toothbrush (SS 3/9).  Final Price: $1.49 each when you buy 2 after ECB.

--Crest Sensi-Relief, Be or 3D White Brilliance - $4.99 and get $4 ECB.  Use $1/Sensi-Relief (March PG) or $1/Be (RP 3/16).  Final Price: FREE after ECB

--Crest ProHealth rinse or toothpaste - $2.99 and get $2 ECB.  Use $0.75/rinse or toothpaste (March PG).  Final Price:  $0.24 after ECB

--Mucinex Allergy - $7.50.  Use $5 off (SS 3/16) and $2.50 rebate.  Final Price: FREE after rebate

--Sundown Gummies - $7 and get $4 ECB.  Use $2 off (SS 3/16).  Final Price: $1 after ECB

--Stride gum - 2/$2 and get $1 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $1/2 (SS 3/16).  Final Price: FREE after ECB

--Dean's milk - $2.99 and get $1 ECB.  Final Price: $1.99 after ECB

--Progresso Soup - $1.49.  Use $0.50 CVS coupon (machine in store).  Final Price: $0.99

Spend $30 on the following baby products and get $10 ECB:
--CVS formula - $3 off

--CVS wipes - Buy 1 Get 1 have off.  Use $2 off CVS coupon (

--Desitin - 2/$6.

--Johnson's baby products - 2/$6.  Use $1.50/washcloths printable or $1/moisture cream printable or $0.75/bubble bath printable.  Final Price: as low as $1.50 each when you buy 2

--Pampers jumbo packs - $8.99.  Use $1.50 off (March PG) or $1.50/Swaddlers or $1.50/Cruisers or $1.50/Baby Dry 

What deals did you find at your CVS store this week?

Indy Mini Marathon Training - Week #5

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wowzers this was a rough week.  I was supposed to log 24 miles this week and only got to 18.  I missed my 3 mile run Tuesday because the stroller was in Kurtis' car (which was a shame because it was a whopping 70 degrees that day!) and today I only got in 5 miles and just stepped off the treadmill because honestly I was bored.  I can't even show you my weekly progress on my Nike+ program because I didn't get in my full 24 miles. 
Wah wah.

How do I feel you ask?
Okay to be completely honest I'm totally bummed out with myself that I didn't make this week's mile goals.  However my body is completely exhausted.  Lola is going through a horrible sleep regression (I'll update you on this soon) and I feel even more tired than I did when she was a newborn.  I know the 18 miles I did log is still great, but it's not what I was aiming for with my training.

My Goals for this Race:
 My plan is to still be able to run the entire race - snail speed if needed.  As long as I'm outside, I'm really fine when it comes to distance.  Well, unless I have a 30+ lb stroller and 834928394 hills and inclines.  But I'm confident I'll be able to reach this goal.

What I Want to Do This Week:
I'm hoping to get a few more runs outside - especially Friday's because it's a big 9 miler.  This week's focus is on speed but I'm aiming for endurance since that's my own personal goal.  Oh yeah, I'd love to get in a full four hours of sleep this week too...

That's all folks!  Until next week...I shall keep running!

Fight the Flu with BabyGanics Foaming Hand Soap

This has been a long and hard flu season.  Mainly because it is the never ending winter here in Indiana.  I'm so tired of being cooped up in my house that I jump on chances to get out and help Cohen burn off some of that winter stink!  However, when you go to public places you know there is no way to avoid them.  Yes, them.  Them being GERMS.  Probably because I'm a teacher, I'm a huge germaphob.  I carry around hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes to clean hands and wash surfaces every five minutes.  I'm just crazy like that.  But now that we have an infant in the house, I'm even crazier when it comes to those nasty germs.  Cohen loves his sissy.  He hugs and kisses her any chance he gets.  But being at school all day with eleven other two and three year olds, you can only imagine the plethora of germs I'm sure he brings home.  I have started teaching him good hand washing techniques to help him learn the importance of clean (and germ free) hands so when he does touch her, she isn't being infected with the plethora.

BabyGanics Foaming Hand Soap has been the perfect tool to help teach Cohen these healthy habits.  We have a little stool in our bathroom and he loves to jump up and push the pump to get the foam in his hand.  It helps that he can see the soap in his hand as he washes them.  The Vanilla Lavender scent is subtle yet just yummy enough that I don't feel like it's overkill after every hand wash.  Another great thing about the BabyGanics Foaming Hand wash is the moisturizing aspect.  Cohen's poor hands are chapped and his knuckles bleeding because of the rough soaps he's been using.  This foaming hand soap has a moisturizing component in it so not only is he washing away the germs, he's keeping his hands soft and sweet.  Plus BabyGanics Foaming Hand Soap is non-allergenic and free of yucky things like parabens, sulfates and artificial fragrances or dyes.  My kiddo's skin is important to me so it's reassuring to know that this company is completely geared towards the safety of our little ones.

After my experience with BabyGanics Foaming Hand Soap, I definitely plan on trying out more of their products.  The message of a baby-safe world that BabyGanics portrays makes me want to see what other items my family can enjoy.  As a mom it's comforting to find a company that strives to create products with high standards and safe and non-toxic ingredients.  BabyGanics listens to parents and it shows in the quality that they produce.

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Disclosure:  I was provided a product sample for my honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Lola's Loves: TinyLove Gymini Developlace Activity Mat + Giveaway

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lola decided to turn four months next week.  I'm not quite sure how that happened so fast!  Girlfriend is a moving and grooving little thing.  She is cooing and making noises and  loves to grab and grasp things (especially my hair).  I like to call her Hercules because girlfriend has a serious grip - especially when it comes to mama's hair.  But she's all about kicking her legs and moving her arms and focusing on different objects and colors.  Clearly she gets bored quickly when I lay on a blanket with a few toys.  Lola is extremely social and needs things to be exciting and intriguing in order to entertain her.  TinyLove Gymini Developlace Play Mat has been the perfect addiction to Lola's daily dose of entertainment.

One of my favorite features of this play mat is how it grows with your child's age.  Whether it's tummy time or independent play, the Gymini Developlace was created to entertain your tot through their toddler years.  Right now Lola is all about reaching and grabbing toys.  I love being able to place her on this mat and let her work on her motor skills by being able to grab at the toys hanging above and around her.  The kid also hates tummy time but we all know how important this time is for a growing infant.  Another fun feature that I love about the Gymini Developlace mat is the sides that fold up or down so I can make it longer for her to roll around on or more compact to practice her dreaded tummy time.  There is even a fun little Peek-a-boo window that I can look through and talk to her while she does her tummy time so I'm at her level.  It makes the screaming a little more tolerable.  

Right now my poor kiddo is teething so the drool is something fierce these days.  I'm constantly washing her toys or wiping them up, but sometimes the fabric doesn't allow me to be able to wipe it clean.  This play mat has a smooth fabric that lets me wipe up drool or spit up easily and doesn't leave marks or stains like other fabric.

Tiny Love Gymini Developlace is loaded with tons of great toys and learning features.  These things are perfect to help strengthen and grow your little one's senses and motor skills.  Lola's favorite is the Soft and Crinkly Play pal.  This little squirrel has a  hook so she can bat it above her head or I can let her hold it and she can explore the texture and noise it makes.  She also loves to kick at the the soft ball rattle that we hang above her.  Another fantastic toy feature is the mirror because what baby doesn't love to look and smile at their own reflection?

The TinyLove Gymini Developlace is sure to offer your little one tons of fun playing and learning time.  Lola is just starting to explore her surroundings but I can see how this mat will grow with her as her skills get stronger and she becomes more aware of the sites and sounds that are around.  Whether it's your newborn baby or your busy toddler, this play mat if full of fun and exciting features that are sure to offer your little one an enjoyable play experience.

Buy It:
--The TinyLove Gymini Developlace Activity Mat retails for $79.99.  For more information and to check out other TinyLove products, visit their website.

Win It!
--One (1) lucky winner will win their very own Gymini Developlace play mat. Follow the Rafflecoptor below.

Disclosure:  I received a product sample for this review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

CVS deals for the Week of 3/9

Sunday, March 9, 2014

It's another sunny day here in central Indiana.  I'm waiting for little guy to head down for a nap so I can head outside and get in my 4 miles for my training.  It's still a little frigid but remember, the sun is out!?!?

Here are a few deals you can grab this week at CVS:

--Almay Intense i-shadow, liner or mascara - $5.99 and get $6 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $5/2 printable.  Final Price:  $0.49 each when you buy 2 afer ECB -- STOCK IT UP!!

--Bic disposable razors - $6.99 and get $1 ECB.  Use $3 off (SS 3/9).  Final Price: $2.99 after ECB

--Irish Spring Body Wash - 3/$9 and get $3 ECB when you buy 3.  Use $0.50 off (SS 3/9).  Final Price:  $1.50 each when you buy 3 after ECB.

--Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick deodorant - $1.99.  Use $1 off (SS 3/9).  Final Price: $0.99

--Colgate toothpaste - $2.99 and get $1 ECB.  Use $1 off (SS 3.9).  Final Price:  $0.99 after ECB.

--Colgate mouthwash - $5.99 and get $3 ECB.  Use $1 off (SS 3/9).  Final Price:  $1.99 after ECB

Spend $12 and get $4 ECB:
--Suave lotion - 2/$6.  Use $1.50 off (RP 3/9).  Final Price:  $1.50

--Suave Men shampoo, Keratin, Moroccan, kids or stylers - 2/$6.  Use $1/kids product (RP 3/9).  Final Price:  $2

--Suave body wash - 2/$4.  Use $1/2 (RP 3/9).  Final Price: $1.50 each when you buy 2

Spend $30 and get $10 ECB:
--Huggies, Pull-Ups or GoodNites jumbo packs - $8.99.  Use $2/Huggies (SS 3/22).  Final Price: $6.99

--Huggies wipes (3x) - $5.99.  Use $0.40 off (SS 3/9).  Final Price:  $5.49

--Triaminic - $4.99 and get $3 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $3/2 (SS 2/9).  Final Price: $1.99 each when you buy 2 after ECB

--Easter M&Ms - 2/$6 and get $1 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $1.50/2 M&Ms (RP 3/2).  Final Price:  $1.75 each when you buy 2 after ECB.

--Hershey Kisses, Minis, Eggs or Cadbury Mini Eggs - 2/$5 and get $1 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $2/3 (SS 2/23).  Final Price:  $1.50 each when you buy 3 after ECB.

--Lancaster pouches - $3.99.  Use $2 off CVS coupon (machine in store) and $1.50 off (SS 3/2).  Final Price:  $0.49

--Coke 2 liters - $0.99

--Dean's milk - $2.49

--Powerade, SmartWater, Vitamin Water, Honest Tea or Fuze - 5/$5 - Spend $15 and get $5 ECB

Any great deals at your CVS store?

Win It! Disney Pack Giveaway with Crafty Spices

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Whoo hoo!  We all love Disney, right?  How about your chance to win a super sweet Disney Pack?

Crafty Spices is sharing her DisneySide with us and hosting a Disney Pack Giveaway. Join for a chance to win via the Rafflecopter below.

One lucky winners will be selected to receive the Disney Pack, find out all that it includes here

This contest is open to all U.S., Dominican, and Canada residents age 18 and over, void where prohibited.

Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to Win.

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with Disney Parks and MomSelect. We did not receive any type of compensation for this post. Jay did receive a party pack complimentary from #DisneyParks to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration, promoting Disney's new campaign "Show Your #DisneySide". We are not responsible for shipment of prize, for details please contact Jay.

Good Luck

Kroger Match Ups for the Week 3/6 (Central)

I finally have a second to throw together some weekly deals at Kroger.  Last week it was the crib transition struggle (more on that later) and this week everyone in my family is battling a cold.  So a congested baby who is super clingy makes for lots of mommy snuggles and not a lot of things to get done!

Check out some of this week's best deals!

--Blueberries and Strawberries - 3/$5

--Celery - $0.99

--Mini Sweet Peppers - $1.99

--Haas Avocados - $0.99

--Clementines (3 lb) - $3.99 -- if these are the Halos be sure to use the $0.50 off (SS 3/2)

--Eckrish Smok-Y links - 2/$5

--SeaPak Shrimp - $3.99.  Use $0.75 off (SS 3/2).  Final Price:  $3.24

--Gorton's seafood - $3.99.  Use $0.50 off (RP 3/2 or SS 1/5 or 2/2).  Final Price: $3.49

--Kroger frozen potatoes - $1.99

--Stouffer's Family Size Entrees - $4.99.  Use $1 off (RP 1/26 or Kroger digital).  Final Price:  $3.99

--Edy's ice cream - 2/$6.  Use $1.50/2 Kroger digital. Final Price:  $2.25 each when you buy 2.

--LaraBar, Uberbar or Altbar - $1.00.  Use $0.75/3 (Kroger digital coupon).  Final Price:  $0.75 each when you buy 3 -- stocking up on these for my post runs!

--Goldfish crackers - 2/$3

--Nabisco Snack Sacs - 2/$3.  Use $0.75/2 (SS 1/26).  Final Price:  $1.13 each when you buy 2.

--Coke 2 liters - $1 each when you buy 6

--Mott's apple juice - $1.99

--Maxwell House coffee - $5.99.  Use $1 printable.  Final Price:  $4.99

--Kroger cheese - $1.99

--Kroger cottage cheese or sour cream - 4/$5

--Dannon multipacks - 2/$4.  

--Yoplait greek yogurt - $1.00.  Use $1/5 (SS 2/23 or printable).  Final Price:  $0.80 each when you buy 5.  **Your store may be offering catalinas off your next purchase so look for signs!**

Buy 3 Participating Breakfast Products and Get a Free Gallon of Milk
--General Mills cereal - 3/$6.  Use $1/3 printable.  Final Price:  $1.66 each when you buy 3 plus free milk

--Kellogg's cereal - 3/$6.  Use $1/3 (RP 3/2).  Final Price: $1.66 each when you buy 3 plus free milk.

--Post cereal - 3/$6.  Use $1/Post Poppin or $1/2 Pebbles (SS 2/23) or $1/2 Honey Bunches of Oats (SS 2/9).  Final Price:  as low as $1.00

--Quaker cereal, oatmeal or granola bars - 3/$6

--Kellogg's Eggo Waffles - 3/$6

--PopTarts - $1.99.  Use $1/3 (RP 3/2).  Final Price: $1.66 each when you buy 3 plus free milk

--Nature Valley Granola bars - 2/$4.  Use $0.50/2 (SS 2/23 or printable).  Final Price: $1.75 each when you buy 2.

What Kroger deals did you find at your store this week?

Indy Mini Marathon Training - Week #4 Update

Friday, March 7, 2014

This has been a week of battling colds and children deciding sleep isn't a priority.  Some days I think, "When am I just going to crash?"  I see a good, long nap this weekend.  The transition to a mommy of two is hard enough, now throw illness into the picture and you've got double the trouble.

However I did finally manage my first run outside today!  It is sunny and in the 40s so I bundled my girl up and hit the Monon Trail here in Indy.  P.S.  Pushing a stroller and running is 293482 times harder than on a treadmill.  Especially with all these bridges and inclines they've recently added to the trail- holy cow!

My sweet little running partner

Here's how my week looked:

How do I feel you ask?
Despite being more tired than usual, I think I did pretty well with my training.  Today's big run was a true test of my endurance and strength.  I probably could have done it just fine alone but add the 30 lb stroller to the mix along with a few inclines and it was pretty tough at some points.  I did have to stop a few times -- my Polar FT4 kept beeping at me telling me my heart rate was "out of the zone."  But let's get real, anyone would be huffing and puffing pushing a stroller and running up some of those bridges.  I'm adding more strength training to some of my shorter run days too.  Swimsuit season is way too soon...

I say this run has earned me a nice cold brewsky tonight...

My Goals for this Race:
 As I've said before, I really just want to be able to run this entire race.  I don't care if it's at the pace of a snail, I am determined to just keep going.

What I Want to Do This Week:
I need to up my water intake.  I've been so bad about it lately and it's so important, especially to keep my supply up too!  I also plan on getting a few more outdoor runs in this week since Monday and Tuesday will be in the 60s....holla!!

Oh, my sister in law, who was supposed to run this race with me, decided to fall and tear her meniscus.  Apparently when you start nearing your mid 30's your body starts falling apart on you -- haha Crystal! Just kidding, just kidding...

Until next week friends!