Thursday, March 17, 2016

Saving Money as a Doctor for Stuffed Animals and Toys

My daughter wants to be a doctor. Specifically, a doctor for stuffed animals and toys. I'm sure that's familiar to any parent with Disney Jr and a child who loves TV at a specific time. I love when I bring her to the pediatrician and she amazes all the nurses with her knowledge of stethoscopes and checking heartbeats. She's given me HUNDREDS of shots over the last year or two, with a gleeful giggle each time.

For Christmas last year, we got her a great Doc McStuffins station, and lots of family got her more and more doctor's kits. It's great now that her little brother is a bit older, he loves to give check ups too. There are plenty of stethoscopes to go around so the fighting is minimal. For Halloween she was Doc McStuffins. We got her a costume to be a pet vet, and she went as that. It went great with her other Doc apparel. But sadly, her costume was ripped. She still has it, and wants to wear it often, but always notices the little rip in the leg of the pants. It wasn't made to last for longer than one play time, so it's been a struggle.




Enter, new labcoat! Although it's not pink and frilly, it has pockets! Kids love pockets. It's also much thicker fabric and better made. We sometimes add stickers to her new white lab coat so she can decorate it and love it a little more. At the end of the day I take all the stickers off and she creates something new the next day. 





























These coats come in several sizes, so you get a great fit regardless of your child's age. We received the 2-3 year old size, and it fits my daughter fantastically. It's huge on my son, who is a year younger than her and on the opposite size of the growth chart but I know he will fit into it later. I think it will definitely last until he's old enough to really appreciate it also.

Here's the kicker. You could spend $25 on a Doc McStuffins lab coat, or even more if you're spending that money at Target. OR, you could spend TEN DOLLARS on this gender neutral, sized lab coat that will last for more than just one playtime / holiday. With the money you save you could get your child a great doctor's kit to go with their new coat too! I'm all about saving money and getting the most bang for your buck.

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Decor


Last minute is my favorite way to do things. I do everything at the last possible second including making this craft for decorating my house. I even bought my daughter a clover shirt the day before St. Patrick's Day. Someday I will plan ahead. In the mean time, check out this simple last minute clover decor!

I love green. I painted my daughter's room green, I have green curtains in every room I can manage to get them into nicely, and I have green bedding. If something comes in green, it's safe to assume I'd love it. A holiday that's main color is green?! Sign me up!


As a Target stalker go-er, I noticed these pretty wooden shamrocks that were just begging for attention from me. I bought one, and spent a few days deciding what to do with it. Then my friend pointed out to me that I have an obsession with buying washi tape, but I never use it. Now that's ridiculous. I have used approximately 36 inches of washi tape in the year since I've started buying it. There's just so many pretty colors!

Needless to say, since I always have to be right, I decided this was a perfect time to use some washi for a project, and this is the project to do it with. So I went out and got some more washi and whipped this together in an afternoon. All you need is a few rolls of tape that match the scheme you're looking for, and scissors. Bam! Easy peasy last minute craft!




Saturday, March 12, 2016

Increasing Flexibility During Pregnancy


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Flexibility is the first thing that usually suffers during pregnancy. It's hard to be able to lean, pull, or even reach your legs to stretch when you have a big belly in the way. If you try to stand up and bend over it's even worse. I'm getting heartburn just thinking about it. Nine months is a long time to not be able to stretch, and it could take a toll on your body. Keeping up with your flexibility will help you during labor, and could even help you bounce back quicker after childbirth. How can we stretch more, or even at all, during pregnancy when it's difficult to maneuver our bodies correctly? We just need a little help. That is where stretchy straps and bands come in to play. I have a set that I received last year that I have used to stretch in the past, but I haven't been able to find good use for them recently.

DanceCrazy Ultimate Stretching Exercises DVD - PIlates and Yoga Stretch Belts and Straps Muscle Relief Step by Step

Then I found this DVD. It's an instructional DVD that breaks down some easy stretches that you can do with your stretchy straps! It's dedicated to learning how to use your stretching straps, but I used a regular resistance band (with folding and knotting to get the desired outcome). There are some stretches I couldn't do because of my huge third trimester belly, but in general this was a great introduction to stretching, and stretching straps! As a pregnant woman, it has really helped my poor achy joints a lot. I hope to be able to continue until I'm in labor, because the stretches feel great.

You can find this DVD here!

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. 


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