The SMILE is EVERYTHING

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Whats your resolution? >>>>>> Oh you know, loose weight, go to the gym, cook more often, save some money, spend less time on social media >>>>>>>>>>>

>>>> 2 weeks later, haven’t made it to the gym, still eating out, gained weight, making even more plans on social media with friends, oh and still broke!

 TOTALLY WORTH IT!

My little one just turned 3!!! What a fun day. The stress of it being what she asked for was crazy but totally worth the smiles and laughs and the memories.

See, I only remember one birthday, and it wasn’t my 16th, 18th, 21st, or 30th, it was my 4th or 5th…. and I only remember that because my mother wrapped a gift in newspaper funnies. I thought it is was so cool to have newspaper wrapping. My cake was white, with the little round rainbow dots all over it, I had a piñata, we were on our back porch patio the looked out in grassy area of the big park in base housing. This is my fondest memory as a child’s birthday. Simple and fun…

Its funny how now children birthday are both simple and elaborate. We as parents choose which way we want to go. For my littles ones 1st and 2nd B-day was super simple. Literally family only on the 1st, and on the 2nd birthday she had a small park birthday with cupcakes.

For some reason though for her 3rd birthday I felt the need and urge to do a tad bit more. I started wondering why, then all my psychology courses I had taken to be somewhere awesome in life in a few years because I was going to be some big time psychologist or something… anyway, they took a course of action and realized my urge to do more was because at the age of 3, toddlers tend to really start remember and recognizing and holding on to things more… therefore I wanted to do my best to give her the best 3rd birthday. That way for her 4th, or 5th, or 6th… if we are not somewhere stable because the military is unknown and you never really know whats goin

  The Birthday!!!!

“Hey sweetie, what kind of birthday party would you like?” as I asked my soon to be 3 year old.

“Um, nanananananananananananana BATGIRL!” as she danced around Chick-fil-a in her rainboots, puffy coat, and batgirl beanie. Mind you we are not in Cali at this time, but instead, a freezing cold Central Texas.

For the next 2 weeks, Im the slave of Etsy, Pinterest, and Amazon. Looking for the best ideas and the coolest gems and the most cost efficient gadgets. Getting cake ideas, cookie ideas, game ideas.

After all the money spend and time and energy spent on the internet, the birthday was a success. Easy, not to expensive, and kept kiddos entertained as well as parents happy and relaxed.

From batgirl themed, to princess bounce house, slap bracelets, piñata, coloring table, and bubbles it was a total success.

Here are some of the fun to see!

Cake by Blondies Sweet Shop

Birthday Get Up by Bows & Ballers by Gwen

 

 

 

Brusha Brusha Brusha!!!

How many times have you told your little one(s) to brush your teeth? With my toddler, this is a constant. “Lets go get those teeth clean” “Can we go brush our teeth with Mickey?’

Yes you heard that right, Mickey.

We spend about 4 mins a day, enjoying brush time with the Oral-B Disney Magic Timer App.

In this app, the child gets to choose from their many favorite Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars Characters, to brush with. As of 4 days ago we have switched to Mickey, but started with Sully from Monsters Inc., then to Elsa from Frozen, then the Hulk, and so on and so forth.

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The App

Once you open the app, you can add as many “Brushers” as you want. Select your “brusher” and it will bring you to their personal brushing page. On this page has the “Glowing Toothbrush” a Calendar, and an Album. Each of these buttons has its own hidden gems.

images-5The Glowing Toothbrush

Who doesn’t want to push a button the glows! I know my daughter does. Even when she doesn’t want to brush but wants to pretend. She gest the cool rewards for brushing. The glowing toothbrush opens up to a timer of 2 minutes. It starts with an opening video, of the chosen book of rewards your child had selected. As the timer starts, the toothbrush slowly reveals the picture under all the foamy bubbles of virtual toothpaste fun.

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Oh! The calendar of fun. This calendar keeps track of your child(s) brushing progress. The child receives stars the days he or she brushes. Its pretty fool proof to understand, but no stars are given when there was not a successful day of brushing. Half a star is given to them if they brushed once a day. A full star is rewarded to your little brusher when he or she has had an full successful day of brushing 2 times a day.

Within the calendar it keeps track of the dates and what reward your brusher received. Some of the rewards are first time brusher, to brights smiles, to pro brushers.

Picture Books

Besides the golden toothbrush button, the Album button is my daughters favorite feature. This is where your little one get to look through all their albums. The albums are a collection of stickers that relate to the book that they are working on. Once they have completed a book, a new one unlocks.

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My daughter has been trying to open up the Star Wars book for a while, but she must finish Frozen first.

“I brushed my teeth!!!”

Every bit of this App is awesome. My daughter loves to brush her teeth and because of the Magic Timer App, brushing her teeth has turned into a fun time. She smiles, laughs, and dances to the songs in the back ground. I even find myself brushing my teeth with her, dancing along side her, because we all know how hard it is to take 2 minutes out of our rushed day to brush via Daily Prompt: Toothbrush