Potty Training Journey

Yes, it’s that time. We have embarked upon our journey through Potty Training Land. My little sweetie is turning 2 in September and we’ve introduced him to Mr. Potty. He seems to be receptive to the idea, and loves hearing the music in his potty when he pee pees. We’ve started him in the Pampers Easy Ups, but we’re also going to try Huggies Pull Ups to see which works best with him.


I decided to purchase this adorable Fisher Price Cheer For Me Potty. I love the shape, it looks so much like the real thing and I thought we would have an easier transition when it was time to move him to the toilet. I also love the smiley face on it. I haven’t placed any toilet paper on the holder yet, I’m afraid he will cover my bathroom floor with it.
The potty is battery operated and plays music and gives words of encouragement when he poopies and pee pees. I love the fact that he must actually pee pee or poopie before the music will start playing, it’s suppose to be an incentive for using the potty. The handle on the potty makes a clicking sound when it’s pushed. He gets so tickled. I reward him with Parental Praise too. Gran claps, dances and sings the Big Boy Potty song. Here it goes: Pee Pee on the potty, Pee Pee on the potty or Poopie on the potty, Poopie on the potty. I believe Kirstie Alley sang this song in Look Who’s Talking when she was potty training her son.

Xavier loves stickers, so I’m going to make a poster and start rewarding him with Big Boy Stickers. I’ll implement this award system next week. I looked at some of the charts on the market and thought I could create one as good if not better than those available.
Stayed tuned for more adventures on our Potty Training Journey. If you have a Potty Training story or tips that you would like to share, I would love to hear them.

It’s Quotable Sunday

Today is Quotable Sunday thanks to Toni at A Daily Dose of Toni. Each Sunday, we share a few of our favorite quotes. After watching a movie last night starring Samuel Jackson, Lakeview Terrance, I decided to post quotes on neighbors. What a movie, it surely made me appreciate my neighbors. I hope that you enjoy my quotes this week.“The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own.” – Eric Hoffer“Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.” – Franklin P. Jones“The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.” – Hurbert Humphery“A neighbor is a person who can get to your house in less than a minute and takes two hours to go back home.” – O. A. Battista “The doctor says to the patient, “Take your clothes off and stick your tongue out the window”. “What will that do” asks the patient. The doctor says “I’m mad at my neighbor!” – Henny Youngman“It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.” – Pubilius Syrus“Love your neighbor as yourself; but don’t take down the fence.” – Carl Sanburg“You can be a good neighbor only if you have good neighbors.” – Howard Koch

I hope you enjoyed my quotes this week. If you would like to join us, please visit A Daily Dose of Toni and add your link. We’ll visit and check your favorite quotes.
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Cinnamon Buns As An Arousal?

Do you think you can arouse your man with the smell of cinnamon buns? I don’t mean getting him to the table for breakfast, we all know that we can accomplish that. According to Woman’s World magazine, research has shown that the smell of cinnamon buns arouse men.
When I read the article, I laughed. I thought that I had a better chance using real cinnamon buns.  I pictured myself covered with the sticky, gooey buns, and concluded that a few cinnamon buns just might work and I wouldn’t have to get too creative. The article also mentioned licorice and chocolate.

I was ready to test the theory until I pictured the sticky buns ruining my sheets and down comforter.  I quickly remembered Bath and Body used to sell a Cinnamon Bun body wash and lotion, and I thought just maybe I could get the same reaction with just the aroma of cinnamon buns. Unfortunately, the Cinnamon Bun body wash and lotion is no longer available because it was a holiday edition. I did Google Cinnamon Bun body wash/lotion and it is available several places on e-bay.  I bid a few times, but I have yet to be declared a winner.

I did find a whipped chocolate body butter on Etsy.  My pedicurist turned me on when she used it during one of my pedicures. I absolutely love it and so does my significant other.  


If you’re looking to spice up your relationship try a chocolate, cinnamon bun or licorice body lotion or body wash.   

Free Children’s Book Download


Download this adorable book by Hans Wilhelm. It’s the story of Anook, a little poplar bear, who is mistreated by her sisters and eventually thrown out of the palace by her father, the Poplar Bear King. Her mean sisters are made queens, but they later turn on their father who has become old. They dethrone him and order him to leave the palace.

Anook and her father are later united. They return to the palace where Anook finally stands up to her mean sisters. She banishes them from the palace and is crowned queen. Together Queen Anook and her father King Poplar Bear rule Northland.

This book is appropriate for children ages 4 – 8. Click on the link below to access this wonderful story.

http://www.childrensbooksforever.com/Childrenpics/ANOOK.pdf

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Blog Give Aways

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Green To Grow Baby Bottle Give Away

Green to Grow has become a front runner for it’s BPA free baby bottles and nipples. As parents we want nothing but the best for our babies. Green to Grow is making 5 and 10-ounce dishwasher-safe baby bottles with beginner (0-3 months), intermediate (3-6 months), or expert (6+ months) nipples. You ask what is BPA? BPA is the abbreviation for Bisphenol A. Bisphenol A is a chemical thought to be hazardous to humans. In 2008, the media reported on the findings of the government when they questioned its safety. Retailers began removing BPA products from their shelves. Green to Grow, which is owned by a Los Angeles-based husband and wife team, decided to make a commitment to produce BPA Free products for our children. They package their products in 100 percent recycled paper and donate 1 percent of its revenue to environmental causes. They also manage a “Bottle to Babies” program that distributes baby bottles to women’s and homeless shelters. I love companies who donate back to the community, especially to women who are in need for their children. I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review one of the Green To Grow bottles. I was sent the 10 oz. wide mouth bottle shown. It has an adorable little smiling fruit on the face of the bottle and comes with the nipple and cap. Green To Grow bottles have been featured Pregnancy & Newborn, Baby Couture, Today’s Parent magazines as well as ABC and NBC news.  Green To Grow has a Welcome Home Set too. It includes everything new parents need to start nourishing a baby with confidence. The set includes: two 5 oz BPA-free baby bottles, two 10 oz BPA-free baby bottles (all of which come with Beginner nipples, 0 – 3 months); one package of Intermediate nipples (3 nipples per pack, 3 – 6 months); one package of Expert nipples (3 nipples per pack, 6+ months); and a super soft, organic cotton baby cloth, good for burps, slurps, baths, and splashes! This set will make a great baby shower or new baby gift.

You can win the Green To Grow wide neck bottle shown. Here’s how: Visit Green To Grow and leave us a comment telling us what item you would purchase for your baby or a baby shower gift. Give Away will end August 20, 2009 at mid-night. Give Away is open to US Residents 18+ only.
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Boy & Girls Sailor Sets


I love to see little girls in sailor dresses. I was so thrilled when I came across this adorable outfit. I had to find a place for it in the Giggles & Sugar Kisses boutique. This adorable girl’s outfit is available in sizes 3 – 24 months. It includes the sailor dress, bloomers and matching hat. It’s perfect for summer portraits, and you can machine wash and dry it. This set is available for $52.00 plus shipping.


We can’t leave out the little boys. This adorable number is available in sizes 18 – 24 months and 2T – 4T. The set includes navy shorts with suspenders, sailor shirt with navy tie and matching sailor cap. Dry clean only, but it’s so adorable. This set sells for $42.00 plus shipping.

Your little sailor will be adorable in this 3 piece set. The set is navy and comes with a nautical button down jacket and sunsuit. The jacket is long sleeve and the buttons sport white anchors. The set also includes a matching hat, and is available in size 6/9 months.  We recommend dry cleaning.  This set sells for $45.00 plus shipping.
Check out these boutique quality sets at Giggles & Sugar Kisses, we have unique gifts for sweet babies. 

Big Book for Dads Give Away

It’s no secret that Dads are usually left out of celebrations such as baby showers or just the experience of having a new baby. Mom gets the attention initially and than baby. Dads linger in the background, waiting patiently to take on his new role.  He endures mom’s mid-night cravings and mood swings as she gains the attention of family, friends and strangers alike.

I remember my son-in-law enduring the attention that my daughter was getting when she was carrying my grandson. He was so loving and willing to take the back seat. He did ask for a stroller and car seat of his own when the baby was born. He didn’t want to worry about taking the car seat of his truck once it was installed and he wanted to have his own stroller for leisurely walks in the morning or evenings. He is a great father and spends hours with his son playing, reading, giving him a bath, doing everything a father loves to do with his son.  I am so blessed to have him as my son-in-law.


Giggles & Sugar Kisses came across this Little Big Book for Dads. It’s published by Random House and filled with ideas that will keep father and son or father and daughter busy for hours. It includes activities for making sandcastles, flying kites, ideas for games, and making mac and cheese. It includes stories, Jack and the Bean Stalk, The Boy Who Cried Wolf among others. It is beautifully illustrated and contains a hard back cover. This book retails for $24.95 and is worth every penny.  It’s perfect for the new dad.  It will make a great baby shower or new baby gift.

You can be the winner of this book compliments of Random House. Here’s how: visit the children’s section at Random House and let us know what book besides the give away you would like to have. Leave us a comment and let us know what you found.

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This give away will end mid-night August 15, 2009 and is open to US Residents 18+ only.  Good Luck!