Have More Fun This Fall By Potty Training

I won't lie I've been really dreading the thought of trying to potty train again. With two toddlers my life is pretty much chaos all the time. But really it is time for my oldest, who is almost three, to learn to use the potty.

We did try potty training my oldest about six months ago. To be honest, I didn't think about whether he was ready. This time, I know he is ready.

So how do you know if your child is ready for potty training? Here is how I knew.

1. He tells me when he is going.

2. He asks me to change his diaper.

3. He wakes up from nap with a dry diaper.

With two kids in diapers, we have been buying all of our training pants in bulk from Costco. Because I like to save, I bought our potty training supplies there too.

Right now you can save even more when you purchase your diapers at Costco. Through October 22nd, Costco is offering instant savings of $7 off Pull-Ups Plus Training Pants and $8.50 off Huggies Little Snugglers Plus Diapers and Hugggies Little Movers Plus Diapers.

That means more money for fall trips to the zoo, apple picking, fall family portraits, halloween costumes, and pumpkins at the pumpkin patch.

Fall is our favorite season and we are always looking for new activities. What are you looking forward to doing this fall? Leave a comment and we might add your activity to our fall bucket list.

Self Care In 15 Minutes Or Less

Last year I wrote an in depth post on self care. I wrote about the difference facets of self care and put together a list of 25 self care activities. The post went viral on Pinterest and I received a lot of email and DMs. Many of you said you don't have a lot of time for self care (which I totally understand). So I decided I would do a post with self care activities that take 15 minutes or less.

Honestly though, you need to make self care a priority. Self care should be more than 15 minutes. It really shouldn't be rushed because that kind of defeats the purpose. That being said, I know that sometimes 15 minutes is better than nothing.

1.Write in a journal

2. Break out the colored pencils and color

3. Read a book or magazine

4. Sit outside or on porch and just listen or observe your surroundings

5. Make yourself a coffee or tea

6. Do a relaxing yoga sequence

7. Do a hair mask or face mask

8. Dance party or just listen to the music

9. Put on your favorite outfit, or do your hair, or makeup

10. Watch funny youtube videos

Self Care In 15 Minutes Or Less

How often do you take time for yourself? What are your favorite self care activities?

All Time Favorite Root Concealer

This post is sponsored by Everpro Gray Away. All of the thoughts and opinions are my own.

As the mother of two toddlers, I don't have a ton of time to go salon to get my hair done. With my color resistant hair, I would also be spending a ton of money for color that just doesn't stay. Who wants to do that?

Of course, I do want to look my best. That means doing whatever is necessary to hide those pesky grays that have started showing up. Fortunately, I have found the absolute best solution, Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer. In just a few seconds, I can cover my roots and be on my way. Watch my video for a super quick demonstration.

The Temporary Root Concealer Spray will prolong your visits to the salon. It is perfect for covering grays and touching up roots.

Here is a picture of my before and after.

Want to try Everpro Gray Away for yourself? You can pick it up at your local Walgreens. At under $10, it is a great and inexpensive way to extend the time between colorings.

A Few Of My September Favorites

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I have a thing for bling, makeup, and pretty clothes. Of all of the pretty things that have caught my eye in September, here are the five that I love the most.

Karuna Hydrating Face Mask: I have been doing a lot of research on face masks for a huge blog post that I am working on. Normally, I try a new face mask each week. However, I have used this one more than once. That's how much I love it.

Karuna Face Mask

Vichy Mineral 89: When it comes to beauty products,  I will try almost anything once. So when I had the opportunity to try this, I did. It is now one of my favorite products. On days when I only need a little moisture, I use it alone. On days when my skin is dry, I apply it under my moisturizer.

Daniel Wellington Watch: I have had my eye on these watches for almost an entire year. I was absolutely giddy when I received mine in the mail.

Daniel Wellington Watch

Converse Jack Purcell: So I don't like sneakers, but I like comfortable shoes. I also like pretty shoes. These offer the comfort of a sneaker but without that sneaker look.

Velvet Hair Clip Set: Velvet was big last year and it seems to be sticking around. These are so cute and pretty. The best part is that they actually work with my thin wispy hair. 

September Life Lately

I really want to thank all of you that read these life lately posts. It means the world to me. However I am going to cut back on these posts. I think I may post once every couple of months instead of monthly. Then I will have more to share in these posts.

Highlight Reel
September Highlight Reel

I finished Dawson's Creek. So I have moved on to watching Ally McBeal on Hulu. I forgot how much I love that show. Every night, I've been dreaming I was a lawyer. Which actually doesn't make for the best rest. So I might have to rethink watching it before bed. I have very intense and realistic dreams so I have to watch pretty tame stuff before bed. Normally I watch HGTV shows but I've watched all that are worth watching on Hulu. 

I've been doing a lot of shopping lately. Well mostly window shopping at this point but that is a key part of my shopping process. I am looking for a small breakfast nook table, a new accent chair, and a new desk chair. On top of that, I need some finishing touches for pretty much every room in my place. I am looking to add to my fall and winter wardrobe since I haven't lost any baby weight. Which, at a year later, is pretty much just weight now. 

Things with the kiddo are changing. My oldest is still a handful, don't get me wrong. However, my youngest is also now keeping me on my toes. We had planned on starting daycare part-time, with my oldest but it didn't pan out. It would be a major change to our schedule, would cost a ton of money, and honestly wouldn't provide the structure my oldest needs. Since he turns 3 in December, I am looking for a more school type setting. Something structured not just playing with a bunch of kids all day. 

Things are going okay. I am hesitant to say they are great. Next month is our 5 year anniversary. I was really hoping to get to go out without the kids, but with no babysitter, that doesn't look like it is going to happen. 

Things with the blog are picking up. I reached my goal of hitting 20K on Instagram. Given how much Instagram doesn't want you to grow anymore, I am particularly proud of this accomplishment. So now I am going to focus on growing my Twitter account. I would like to get to 5K by the end of the year. I know I set a goal to grow my Pinterest to 5K but really Pinterest followers don't matter since it operates like a search engine and not a social network. I also need to get back to writing more evergreen content so I can get more page views. 

If you follow my Instagram Stories,  you probably know that I started going more places and doing more things.I have also started working out again. I won't hit my weight loss goal this year, but I need to at least lose some of the weight.