Potty Patrol to the Rescue!

This post is brought to you by Potty Patrol.

Let’s face it:  potty training your child isn’t exactly the stage of parenting most moms and dads look back on fondly and say, “wow, that was fun” (though you may pop a champagne cork when said child graduates to underwear completely without accident, daytime AND nighttime).  So, any tool that promises to facilitate and quicken the potty training stage for my child (and let’s be real, for me too), I am first in line.

Potty Patrol Potty Training Alarm Diapers Starter Kit

I was psyched to receive the Potty Patrol Potty Training Alarm Diapers on my doorstep recently.  My youngest daughter just began potty training, and I was excited to experiment with Potty Patrol.  Potty Patrol training alarm diapers feature special-designed sensor diapers that include a snap-on Potty Patrol alarm that sounds a siren, followed by “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” when the diaper becomes wet.  These diapers are designed to notify the parent and child when wetting occurs so that you can place your child on the toilet immediately.  As your child is placed on the toilet each time the song plays, he or she will quickly make the association between the music and using the potty.  This makes it easier and faster to achieve potty-training success.  It encourages kids to go to the bathroom for one sole purpose–to use the potty!  Think Pavlov’s baby.

Potty Patrol Diaper

I actually got excited when I heard the song play on my daughter for the first time.  I scooped her up and placed her on the potty as quickly as possible, but by the time I got the diaper off she had finished her business.  This happened the first few times, but by the end of the second consecutive day, my daughter was telling my husband the word “potty” right before the alarm sounded.  We are experiencing potty training success very quickly with Potty Patrol!  My daughter felt like a rock star and we were so proud of her success so quickly.  We’ve found it’s important to set aside time to use Potty Patrol and to use these diapers with the alarm consistently.

Potty Patrol Alarm Diaper

My husband and I have found Potty Patrol is helping to facilitate the potty training process more quickly, and hopefully save us time and money in diapers.  (Did you know parents use approximately 1,600 diapers a year, and the average child will use close to $2,000 worth of disposable diapers being potty-trained?!)  Bonus: by potty-training more quickly we are helping our carbon footprint by using fewer disposable diapers overall.

The Potty Patrol Starter Kit includes an alarm (with batteries built in), 24 sensor diapers, and a training guide.  Visit Potty Patrol to learn more about their alarm diapers and grab your starter and refill kits.  Make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with their latest news!

Enter to win a Potty Patrol Potty Training Alarm Diapers Starter Kit in your choice of pink or blue!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 5/9/14.  Good luck!

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What to Wear on a Cruise

Some of the items featured in this post were sent to me free for review, and some were not.  All of the items in this post were personally selected by me because I like them.

I recently went on a cruise (my very first one!), and just like I’ve done before every vacation I’ve ever taken, I panicked while trying to decide what to pack.  I don’t know why it’s so difficult for me, but for some reason I start thinking “Oh, but I MIGHT want to wear those neon pink shoes even though I have nothing that matches them, so I should still bring them!”  Learn from my mistakes, friends.  Don’t end up with two giant suitcases filled with “maybes” when you could pack light with the right items.

After I got home, I decided to put together a What to Wear on a Cruise post for any of my readers who might be planning a cruise (or beach vacation) and who happen to share my affliction of over-packing.  I hope this post gives you a few new ideas, and I also hope it encourages you to make your own “what to wear” list.  I find lists always help me streamline. 


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Teach My Preschooler Learning Kit Review & a Giveaway!

Spring break from school is coming to an end for us, and while we had a nice, somewhat leisurely week, we didn’t go completely into relaxation mode.  We’ve kept the learning going at home with some help from the great people at Teach My, makers of award-winning learning kits for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  They were good enough to send out a complimentary Teach My Preschooler Kit for us to review, and we’ve been using it every day!

Teach My Preschooler Kit

This fantastic kit from Teach My is packed full of engaging learning tools for kids ages 3 to 6.  In the box, you’ll find four subjects:  Reading, Printing, Numbers to 100, and Math.  (Yep; I just said the “M” word.)  There are 71 pieces in total, including books, flashcards, posters, a magic drawing board, and more.  Each subject has it’s own labeled envelope to keep all of the parts neatly organized in the sturdy carry case.  The idea is to cover one subject per day, just twenty minutes at a time.

My son is especially fond of counting, so Numbers to 100 is his favorite of the four subjects.  Before we started using Teach My Preschooler, he only knew his numbers up to 20.  We’ve been using this kit to work on his recognition of higher numbers, and he’s up to 50 now!

Teach My Counting

Like me, my daughter loves books.  (I sense a future librarian!)  So, it was no surprise that her favorite days are the ones when we break out the reading section of the kit.  She really enjoys learning the letter sounds from the books and then sounding out the words on the coordinating flash cards.  I’m not going to get into the teaching methods they use at her preschool and start a big reading debate, but I’m okay with her learning to read, and she’s learned more after a few weeks of this than she has in seven months of school.

Teach My Reading

Math turned out to be the biggest surprise for me.  It’s my least favorite subject of all subjects ever, and it’s not something we’ve spent much time on at home, so we were really starting at the beginning with this one.  Fearing subtracting might be too complicated for them, I started with addition.  Teach My makes it very simple, and both of my kids picked it up right away.  We had such success, I found myself actually excited to try the subtraction, and my kids have done just as well with that.  The best part is the kids think they’re just playing a game!

Teach My Math

Printing is where the magic erase board comes in.  My son needs a lot of help with this particular subject, and we’ve been practicing his curves and humps.  My daughter already does an excellent job with her shapes, numbers, and uppercase letters, but she needs to spend some more time with her lowercase letters, and the transparencies have been great for that.  Next, we move onto whole words!

Teach My Printing

Summer will be here before we know it, but now I don’t have to worry about any of that summer learning loss that happens when kids are out of school for too long.  By setting aside 20 little minutes for Teach My Preschooler every day, I’ll be ensuring their little brains stay sharp.  It’s such a small amount of time that it’s pretty easy to fit into the schedule, and the kids have a lot of fun with it.

Visit TeachMy.com to learn more about their learning tools for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

One lucky Game On Mom reader is going to win a Teach My kit of his/her choice!  Giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 5/3/14.  Good luck! [Read more...]

Have Luggage, Will Travel Sweepstakes

Have Luggage, Will Travel Sweepstakes

#SummerDreams Have Luggage, Will Travel Sweepstakes

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media & co-hosted by: Mumblebee Inc.

The weather is getting better every day, and school will be out soon.  That means it’s vacation time!  Could you use some new luggage and maybe some new clothes for your trip?  My luggage is about 15 years old and very well-used.  I’d love to be able to replace it with something new and fresh.  And clothes?  When can I not use new clothes?  If you feel the way I do, you’re going to want to enter this giveaway.

One winner will receive a Tag Coronado II 5-Piece Spinner Luggage Set AND a $150 Old Navy Gift Card.

Giveaway ends May 6th at 11:59 PM.  Open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below.



Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, and/or Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Get Ready for Girls’ Night Out with #PGBestForMe (Giveaway!)

This post is brought to you by SheSpeaks and P&G.

Being a mom who works from home, there are many makeupless days spent in loungewear.  (Let’s not even bring up the craziness that is my untamed/undone hair.)  I work, I manage the household, I chase and chauffeur children.  These are all important things, but a girl needs a break every once in a while.  Who out there knows exactly what I’m talking about?  I’m counting a lot of raised hands.

When the chance for a girls’ night out arises, I jump at it.  That’s when I really have the opportunity and the excuse to get all done up, which is half the fun.  Thanks to P&G, I’ve got some new beauty items to help me get ready for many fun nights out with the girls.

P&G Best for Me

The Smile.  The Crest 3D White Whitestrips are just what I needed to reverse the effects of the wine and coffee I drink too often.  In just one hour and 3 easy steps, these strips remove years of stains.  (Take that, Wawa!)  A brighter smile is a great asset when you’re out on the town.  I know that I certainly feel more confident when I don’t feel like I have to cover up my yellow teeth all the time.

The Sweat.  Another confidence booster is Secret’s Clinical Strength Smooth Solid.  This antiperspirant/deodorant offers 48 hours of odor protection that heat, stress, and activity can’t beat.  You can dance all night long and Secret Clinical Strength will have you covered.  This will be especially handy now that the warmer weather is finally returning too.

The Nails.  Thank you, P&G, for sending me the perfect shade of a great nail polish.  I like to have my nails look neat and pretty, but I don’t like anything too bold or flashy.  The Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Natural Blush is soft, feminine, and my new favorite.  It’s a base coat, high gloss color, and chip-resistant top coat all in one product, and the color lasts for up to a week.  Love it.

The Eyes.  I still believe the eyes are the most important part of makeup application, so I was thrilled to discover they included both an eyeliner and a mascara.  The Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara  features a Volume Igniter Brush that boosts the volume of every single eyelash.  You can’t say no to thick, full lashes.  The Cover Girl LineExact Defining Eyeliner applies smoothly and precisely, dries quickly, and lasts all day.  I’ll never be a master at applying liquid liner, but when it’s done right, it produces a striking effect that will most certainly attract some attention.

The Husband.  It was good of P&G to include something for the guys in this package.  The Old Spice Body Wash in Fiji is “8 Hours of Sunshine & Freedom”.  Yes; it really says that on the bottle.  It does have a light, fresh, beachy kind of scent, so I can see where they’re coming from.  which my husband definitely finds preferable to the green apple I have in the shower for myself.

Old Spice Fiji Body Wash

I really need to meet the Old Spice people.  They make me giggle.

I’m going to include the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-a-Size here in the husband section as well.  He needs something to keep him occupied while I’m gone, right?  He can scrub with the Magic Eraser that we all know and love, but now he can choose which size Eraser he needs based on the size of the job.  It’s a feature I love in my paper towels, and now I love it with this too.

And that’s everything.  Now I feel fully prepared to get out for a much needed and well deserved girls’ night out.  Who wants to join me?

P&G can help you find the best products for your special occasion. P&G’s beauty, grooming and home care brands have received hundreds of awards and recognitions from leading magazines, so you know you’ll get the look that works for you, no matter what. Create the perfect look for your special occasion this spring with P&G’s award-winning products.

P&G Brands

The award-winning P&G brands being celebrated include Cover Girl®, Clairol®, Pantene®, Secret®, Venus® (beauty), Crest®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Old Spice® (grooming), and Bounty®, Febreze®, Mr. Clean®, Swiffer®, and Tide® (home care). Collectively, these brands have won hundreds of awards over the last several years.  You can find all of these at the P&G eStore.  Make sure you connect with P&G on Facebook and Twitter too.

Have you been wanting to plan a night out with the girls or maybe just a nice date night with your husband?  P&G wants to help you do that.  Enter to win a P&G Prize Pack like mine (ARV $70)!  Ends 4/29/14.  Open to US only, 18+  Good luck! [Read more...]