Color Easter Eggs With What You Have In Your Cabinets!

Did you by chance forget that egg dye kit to color Easter eggs?

No problem!

How to dye Easter Eggs with no egg dye kit.

I bet you have everything you need right in your kitchen cabinets to dye beautiful vibrant or pastel eggs. Water? White vinegar? Food Dye? Good! Let’s go then!

Hard Boiled Eggs cooked and cooled.

For each color you make you will need:

1/2 cup boiling water
1 Teaspoon white vinegar
20 or more drops of liquid food dye

** We used twenty drops you could use more for a more vibrant color. With twenty drops there was less staining on Little Miss Toddlers hands.

Coloring eggs for easter

So in a coffee mug or container of your choice add the boiling water, vinegar and food coloring color(s) of your choice.
To color, the eggs just place the eggs in your egg dye and let them soak. Shorter times result in pastel colors and longer times will result in vibrant colors.

Easter eggs

We had never done them without a kit but I feel like I could control how much staining Little Miss Toddler would have on her hands by making it myself. What little staining there was washed right of in the bath.

Happy Easter from all of us at Mrs. G’s Living Simple

Dying Easter eggs

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The Practical Guide to Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom

I’ve got boys & men, a toddler and I have a wonderful greasy backyard mechanic. I have a bathroom full of hand prints, toothpaste crusted in my sink, pee on the floor and a sink that is oddly painted with applesauce? Applesauce? Tell me…How does that even happen?

Clean your bathroom faster with these tips and find out what nasty thing is lurking in your bathroom that almost never gets cleaned.


There are Amazon affiliate links in this post. They give me a bit of pocket change if you should happen to make a purchase at no extra cost to you.

Guess what I have for you. No silly, not a maid and If I did first dibs is mine! I have a bunch of tips just for YOU I have used over the years for cleaning my bathroom quickly. In fact, I  have something for you to clean you may not have thought of and let me tell you, hun, It is GROSS all up in there! It’s the Nasty Little Secret of the bathroom!

Ladies let me tell you…

 

We have the sickness happening up in this house.

My hubby and Little Miss are having such tummy issues and it is quickly spreading. My best defense? A clean bathroom and perhaps a hazmat suit for me! I hate tummy viruses. Am I sure you can relate? Right?

What do I clean MY bathroom with?

For a deeper cleaning like this one, I tend to use more chemical things. Bleach, Kaboom, Vinegar, Comet or Baking Soda and Glass Plus are my go-to products. If you go homemade, green, whatever works that is great! Do your lil thing with yours. I’m flexible like that. You be all green and earthy and I am just over here all toxic and such. We can still be BFFs and like different things!

I also use homemade cleaners and earth-friendly if they are on sale.

Jenn’s Guide to a Sparkling CLEAN Bathroom

1- Trash, Laundry, Toys, the Dog, Neighbor Kid, the spoon, and bowl? If it does not belong in the bathroom get it out of there!

When you go in there look around. If things are there that do not belong remove them, place them back where they go toss it you know the drill. Empty the trash, the hamper, pick things up and get rid of any old razors, and product containers. It will make the cleaning go way faster.

2- Clutter? Girl, get rid of that clutter

Are we cleaning around clutter? That is a huge no-no. If you have a counter the only things that should be out on the counter are things that MUST live there. If you have to keep things out please contain them in pretty little bins, baskets or trays it will honestly make this all go so much faster for you. That way you can remove the whole group of things. make sense?

3- Get On Top. Clean from top to bottom that is. Hmmm 😉

I always start at the highest point to knock all the nasty dust down. I also Always clean my way out of the room. Is that what you do? You should because otherwise you are making things harder and that doesn’t leave time for more fun things like say, cleaning the kitchen LOL.

 

4- Mirror Mirror on the Wall You’re The Highest Point of All.

Spray your mirror down, and if the sink and other areas are not all that dirty counters, sink outer toilet parts but skip the seat. Spray them as well. Let the spray SIT!

5. Start filling your tub with hot water (Please use caution if your little ones are around. ) I pour in bleach; a big splash of it. Not comfortable with bleach? That’s fine you can use a big glug of vinegar or whatever you like. While the tub is filling I have a quick to do for you.

6- While your tub fills we are going to remove the toilet seat. I have faith in you. It is pretty easy. Mine is just plastic screws and nuts. A big flat head screwdriver does the trick. Once the seat is off…Yup, Gross isn’t it? If you have little boys or grown men with terrible aim you see it. There is PEE under the hinges! Oh, My Word! So Nasty! Now that the seat is off put it in the tub of bleach and hot water let that sucker soak. Not that I needed to tell you but wipe around where the hinges were and under as well. I told you I had a Nasty little Secret!

Bath tub cleaning tips

7-It’s Potty Time!

Pour some Vinegar into the toilet and a drop of dish soap if you like and yes, I do like then you just let that sit. Seeing a trend here?

Let you cleaner do its work.

Now wipe down that mirror and any other surfaces you sprayed. If the sink didn’t come clean sprinkle it with Comet or whatever cleaner you use for your sink and scrub it out. sometimes I use just baking soda. That works great too.

8- Let’s Make That Toilet Sparkle and Let’s deal With the Tub and Tile

Scrub your toilet out with your toilet brush well and get under the rim of the toilet. It gets super gross under there. Flush, scrub again then flush once more.

Drain the tub, wipe down the toilet seat and replace it. At this point Rinse the tub and spray the tub and tiles with Kaboom. (I rinse as to not mix chemicals. I HIGHLY suggest you do the same)

**A little information here for you. I use this stuff around three times a week. It has cut way down on the need to scrub anything. You just have to START with a clean tub or shower. This stuff is AWESOME. Make sure though the room is ventilated. I run the fan and open a window.

9- Get Ready, Start your Floor!

While the Kaboom or shower cleaner of your choice is doing its work sweep the floor.

10-  You Have To Maintain. I mean Honestly isn’t the Scrubbing the Worst part of Cleaning the Bathroom?

Rinse down the shower walls and tub. Listen, I highly recommend the maintaining as opposed to having to scrub all this. It cuts way down on work that is not really needed. I simply spray on Sunday, Wednesday, and Fridays after I step out of the shower, Get dressed and rinsed. It makes it so much more simple and I LOVE simple.

**According to Bob Vila and I love him such a smart guy. You can make a daily shower spray with equal parts water and vinegar and if you hate the smell add a few drops of Lemon essential oils to it to give it a nicer smell. No rinsing just spray it on nightly and walk away.

11- Last step. Ready? Swab the Deck well the  Floor!

You may not like this but I have a small bathroom. In a far back corner, I pour out about a 1/2 cup of vinegar directly on my floor and with my rag, on hands and knees I scrub down the floor As I get to the toilet I pour a bit more and just scrub my way out. Yes, it smells strong but the smell dissipates and it certainly smells better than what was living on my floor and possibly yours.

12- One Last Thing

With a nice clean rag spray some cleaner on the doorknob and wipe it off on the way out.

Tips for a cleaner bathroom

Done & Done!

You know what? We really rock at this cleaning thing, don’t we?

Guess what!!!

My skills are not perfect. My cleaner choices maybe are not the best. Maybe YOU know of a great homemade cleaner or a way to do something that is faster. Perhaps you have a question or you want to tell me this post was LIFE CHANGING for you or at least helped you a little. What I would LOVE for you to do is leave me a comment and if you want me to feel the love even more…share my little post with your other friends and other Mama’s you know! Thanks, Doll <3

 

A big thank you to Pixabay.com for the wonderful bathroom images.

and Bobvila.com for the idea on the DIY tub and tile spray.

From An Old, New Mom’s Mouth: These Are the Products You Need

At 25 years old, I became Mama. And then again at 26 years old. For fifteen years I heard, “Wow! Your kids are so close in age.” Until I had my next child at age 39+ and now I hear, “Wow! Your kids are so far apart in age.” And both exclamations are on point.
I loved being Mama at age 25 and I love it even more now, with two teens and a baby. But, GEEZ, have things changed. I could go on for pages about the ways that things have changed, but I promised my friend, Jenn, that I would talk about how the products have changed. At the risk of sounding old, there are so many more products available for new moms now that make things so much easier. If you have a baby shower coming up, pay attention. Any of these 5 products will be a big hit.

My Top 5 Favorite “New Mom” Must-Have Products

5 Crowd Pleasing Baby Shower Gift Ideas

1. Net Teethers
Here is the link…use your Amazon affiliate link and link it throughout this section: Teething is the worst. And teething rings were not cutting it for my little one. With my older two, I remember putting an ice cube in a ziplock bag and letting my babies bite on it. The bag would rip, I would have to take it away and the screaming would resume.
But now, there are Net Teethers! When I found out about these, I realized how much things had changed in 15 years, since my older kids were babies. These are brilliant.
Simply put an ice cube, frozen fruit, or even froze breast milk in the net, latch it closed, and your baby will love the taste and the feeling on his sore little gums. I bought two sets, one for the diaper bag and one for home. This is a must-have baby essential and a great, affordable baby shower gift.

2. Bobby Covers

When I became a Mama 16 years ago, one of my favorite gifts was a Boppy. It is perfect for nursing, propping your baby, and for early tummy time. But, back then, they did not have removable covers and were very awkward to clean. I was overjoyed to learn that Boppy slipcovers are now a thing, and come in so many adorable patterns.
Breast milk squirts on the Boppy? No problem…simply remove the slipcover and change it with another one. Toss the gross one in the washer. So stinking easy now!

3. Side Sleeping Crib

I am a big fan of co-sleeping. I do not want to get out of bed every time my little angel wants to nurse during the night. And, I love to watch him sleep. I have heard the cautionary warnings about co-sleeping. And, although I co-slept with both of my older kids, I totally get that there are risks. When I found this side sleeping crib I fell completely in love. The side sleeping crib allows me to cuddle all night and be safe!

4. Baby Sling

The week after I delivered my new baby, my oldest had a high school football game. I have never missed one of his games and I didn’t plan on ever missing a game. Thank heavens for the baby sling. At least five times I heard, “Oh my goodness, is there a baby in their?” And, there was a baby in there. My newborn fits so comfortably down into the sling with nothing by his tiny nose sticking out.
The baby sling is the perfect solution for staying active while having your baby snuggled up close to you. It also comes in so many cute colors and patterns and makes the perfect baby shower gift.

5. Echo Dot

I know you are probably thinking, “What does an Echo Dot have to do with baby stuff?” But, just hear me out.
My husband bought me an Echo Dot one month after our son was born. He thought it would be a great way for me to keep track of things “hands free” while I tended to our baby and tried to work a few hours a day. At first, I gave him a side eye, but he was so right.
I use the Echo Dot in the following fun ways:
Alexa, play baby lullabys.
Alexa, play spa music.
Alexa, add baby wipes to my shopping list.
Alexa, what is a good food for a 4 month old?
Alexa, I have potatoes, pasta sauce, white fish, and cheese. What can I make with these ingredients? (By the way, she gave me the tastiest recipe.)
Alexa, do babies get laryngitis? (They do, by the way.)

The list goes on and on. This was a big score for my husband and a great idea for all new moms.

I would love to learn about your favorite Mama products. Leave your faves in the comments!

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Meet Julie Wilson <3
Self-employed for over a decade, Julie Wilson is the mother of two teens and a baby. She owns multiple businesses and has worked from home for over a decade. Her blog, www.allaboutselfemployment.com is designed to help anyone with a yearning to ditch their 9 to 5 escape to live a life of freedom. Email her at Julie@allaboutselfemployment.com.

Meet Our Cat Charlie Bucket

Be sure to follow his Instagram and Facebook page as well. Well, if cats are your thing <3

Charlie is a great cat. He is a four-year-old tabby cat that we recently adopted as a rescue.

Unfortunately, he struggles with flea allergies that we control with applications of flea medications. He is looking much better these days.

He is a sweet cat with a really great personality. Loving, funny quirky and really patient with the three-year-old preschooler who spoils him with hugs.

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Broke as a Joke ? 30 Meal Ideas For the Times When Cash is Low

Times can be hard. So we have meal ideas from our kitchen and from those of our group members for when you are broke as a joke but still, need to eat. 

Be sure to come Check out Mrs. G’s Cooking Corner for more meal ideas

Cheap meal ideas for when you are broke

  1. Chicken Corn Chowder
  2. Salisbury Steak over potatoes or rice
  3. Spaghetti and meat sauce with bread
  4. Canned beef stew over rice or potatoes
  5. Eggs and toast
  6. Mac n Cheese with Tuna and Peas
  7. Mac n Cheese with hamburger
  8. Beef flavored rice with hamburger mixed in and a veggie on the side or mixed in.
  9. Chicken flavored rice with chicken mixed in and a veggie added in.
  10. Pancakes
  11. Tuna Noodle Casserole
  12. Hamburger Helper
  13. Raman and hotdogs’
  14. Beans and Hotdogs
  15. Cheap Sandwiches like Bologna, PB & J, Tuna Salad, Grilled cheese and add cheap canned soup.
  16. Beans and Rice
  17. Chop Suey
  18. Baked chicken drumsticks and potatoes with a veggie.
  19. BLTs
  20. Loaded baked potatoes add small amounts of cheese, meats or whatever you have on hand.
  21. Chili and cornbread
  22. English Muffin Pizzas
  23. Corn Dogs
  24. Frozen Pizza
  25. Tuna melts
  26. French Toast
  27. Tator Tot Casserole
  28. Easy Hamburger Soup

29. Chicken Nuggets and fries.

30. Cereal and fruit

What are your go-to meals when cash is tight?

 

Keeping Stress Down and Spirits Bright During the Holidays

 

Keeping Stress Down and Spirits Bright During the Holidays:

‘Tis the season to be merry and bright—that’s what the greeting cards say. But while holiday cards will scarcely mention it, stress and frustration are felt in households all across America during this time of year. Presents need to be bought and wrapped, and family meals need to be prepped and served. If any of this sounds familiar, perhaps you need to rethink your strategy heading into the holidays. Here are some steps you can take to beat the stress and keep a happy home and family.

Make a Plan

Nothing can be more stressful than not having a plan. You wake up in the morning with a list of things to do that rivals Santa’s own, and you already feel overwhelmed before it’s 9:00 a.m. You then move about your day trying to tackle one thing at a time, but in no particular order. This is not only stress-inducing, but also highly inefficient. Scheduling your day from sunrise to sunset will help you get a grip on what needs to be done. Fill out a calendar, or keep a personal scheduler, and start jotting down what needs to be done and when to do it. Keeping a schedule also helps sets expectations for your children to follow and can ease some of the burdens of parenting.

Starting Your Day Off Right

Remember the old adage, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Well what you put in your body in the morning can and will affect how the rest of your day goes. If you skip a meal, you will be depleted of energy and patience before noon. If you spend your mornings lounging around aimlessly until lunch, you’ll only push off more things to do in your afternoons and evenings.

Set goals for what you want to achieve soon after waking up and develop a routine around them. Some of these tasks can be as small as making your bed, wrapping presents, or preparing breakfast for your family. Completing these small tasks before the rest of the family is awake will open up your day for the larger tasks at hand. Think of your morning time as a practice run for the rest of your day.

Get Into a Solid Routine

Just like with exercise, it takes a little while before you start seeing the results. Going all out on the treadmill for one day only won’t help you reach your weight-loss goal; it takes time, and most importantly, consistency. Get into your daily routine now, before the holidays really start to set in. You might just find that your routine becomes a lifesaver during a turbulent holiday season. After practicing your routine for awhile, it becomes ingrained into your muscle memory. This means that it takes less concentration while completing your tasks, freeing your mind from not only the task at hand, but also any holiday stress that’s been building up.

Don’t Neglect Your “You” Time

The trick to making your daily routine as stress reducing as possible is to include one or two activities that you genuinely look forward to. This could be something you do before the kids wake up, where you allow yourself to read a book, watch a TV show, or spend time exercising. Taking time for yourself in your routine will give you something to look forward to and relieve any stress you may have about what still needs to be done. Caring for yourself will also put you in a better mood that will carry over to the rest of your family, keeping holiday spirits merry and bright.

If you’re tired of holidays plunging your family’s home into chaos year after year, then consider these steps to beat the stress. Make sure you have a plan, get into a daily routine, and don’t forget about self-care.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

How do you manage your stress during the holidays?

 

The above post is a guest post written for us by Daniel Sherwin.

Five Things About Me

I am taking part in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week I choose prompt #4

4. Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

 

Mrs G

List 5 things we don’t know about you

1- I will go without so my kids can have things. Even things they do not really need.

2- I have a tendency to pull away from people who hurt me over and over. Once we are done, we are done.

3- I married young and do not regret it. I also had children young and do not regret that.

4- I have lived in poverty just about my whole life from that I have learned to make do and be creative with what I have.

5- I dislike making cookies it is too repetitive for my liking.

 

5 things you’re knowledgeable about

1- Making bread.

2- Sewing

3- Cleaning and organizing on a budget.

4- Finding fun things to do for free.

5- Raising children.

5 things you know nothing about

1- Driving

2- Having a job outside the home.

3- Often keeping my mouth shut LOL.

4- Electrical work (I leave that to the professionals)

5- Plumbing beyond Draino or a plunger.

5 things you believe

1- Karma you get just what you give.

2- Never pay full price.

3- That children will become who they choose to become regardless of your parenting.

4- That just because someone is related it does not make them family.

5- In God.

 

I am taking part in Mama Kat’s Writers Work Shop Link Up.

 

 

 

The Go-Getter’s Quick Guide to Thrift Shopping

Hey, Mama, I figured I would drop in here today and talk with you for a few minutes about shopping. Not just hop in your car and run to Wal-Mart credit cards waving sort of shopping but something a bit more frugal, more fun a challenge if you will. Thrift shopping.  Personally, thrift shopping for me is a game, a personal high, my way to be and rule to live by. I mean when all those other people are out there paying full price I am waving around my thrifty finds like I can buy five of those for what you just paid and guess what? I am going to let you in on a few of my personal secrets so you can do it too!

Personally, thrift shopping for me is a game, a personal high, my way to be and rule to live by. I mean when all those other people are out there paying full price I am waving around my thrifty finds and I am all like I can buy five of those for what you just paid and guess what? I am going to let you in on a few of my personal secrets so you can do it too!


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Thrift shopping guide to getting quality items at a steal.

 

Be so nosey about their sales.

Knowing about sales is key knowledge about the thrift stores you frequent. Ask them when are your sales? Is an end of season bag sale held at any point? Are there times of the month or week certain Items are price dropped? Stores like Goodwill and Salvation army tend to have scheduled sales. Small shops often do as well but they are not always as well planned.

Remember seasonal things in many stores are higher so they do not run out of those items and they can make the most money on them. For example, Halloween is around the corner.  All their Halloween things are at their high price point from now until Halloween. Yet when you plan to walk in there the day after and you can score dress up items for a small fraction of what they were asking the day before and even buy next years costume bigger for your little one to grow into you are saving even more. Knowing the sales is going to help you maximize your savings.

Girl, what are you even looking for?

Be a man with a plan…err a woman with a plan.  Every few months I go through the kid’s clothes. You do that too right? I keep an inventory of what is going to be needed, what is wanted, Ideas I have to decorate my home. So when I have my little list and I am dragging around those millions…Okay, yeah, my ten measly bucks; I know if Little Miss needs pants because she is outgrowing them or has ruined them in one of the million ways she finds to ruin clothing… That her pants are a high priority on my list. So go in there with an idea of where to start first.

 

The hunt is half the fun, right?

I am going, to be honest. When you walk in and see a mixture of this and that it can be overwhelming. I tend to stick with thrift stores where things are categorized by size and item. Otherwise for me personally it all just blends in together.

When looking for clothing for your self or anyone I want you to start at one end of the rack of let’s say pants and item by item work your way through. Pull anything you think you might like off the rack, shelf, bin and put it in your cart and continue to look and pull. You are NOT making choices you are simply selecting what you might like.

When you are looking for hard items be prepared to sift through and move things around. In, under, tucked in dark corners and again anything you find to place it in your cart to inspect and make a final choice. If you leave it sitting, it is likely someone else may need it too. You’ll blink and it will be gone.

thrift shopping and saving money for the holidays and everyday!

Be your own quality control.

Once you have found a stack of possibilities you are going to go through each item putting back anything that is too worn, ripped, stained, don’t work, missing parts and so forth.Don’t be afraid to look for or ask about a plug. For some things, I even carry commonly sized batteries and a small screwdriver. I hate to get home and find out a toy does not work.

They say not to handle items because it creates a sense of ownership. I will tell you, in this case, it really helps to weed out the bad from the good. You do not want to get home and discover those designer jeans have a broken zipper and a nasty hole right where your women parts are. Or the game you picked for the family game night is missing so many parts it is never going to be played unless you count throwing each part in the trash as game night basketball. Take your time to look things over. Many thrift stores have pretty strict return rules.

Too dirty, popped seam? Can YOU fix it? Yes, you can! Ask them for a deal!

Let me tell you if you’ve got some skills like sewing and can simply fix a popped seam, or have an awesome stain remover that you are sure will work on that tiny stain or perhaps you don’t mind the small chip in that beautiful vase that will sit on your mantle untouched. Could be that doll with the horrible hair can be brushed down and braided to make her beautiful and loved again. Walk right on up, point out what they missed and ask if they are willing to mark the item down. Some places will practically give you the item. I will tell you it does not hurt to ask and you should by all means ask.

Thrift shopping means you can be a brand name snob.

I can tell you certain brand names we are talking about clothing mostly here outlast the cheaper brands. When thrift shopping I am sifting through items of clothing  I am not looking for something I can purchase at that big discount store off their ten-dollar rack and personally you shouldn’t be either. You will mostly end up with clothing that pills, falls apart, or once stained will hold that stain in until it sad little death in the trash bin. Think of all those brands you love to shop for or wish you could. Those right there are your target items.

Name brands are often the best picks when thrift shopping.

Know what it is worth.

Once you have shopped around it is important to know the thrift shop values of items in your area and also what you feel is a fair second-hand deal. ladies I’m going to tell you my husband likes to tell me that these numbers are clearly made up, but I assure you for me in my area and for my personal,  budget they are not. Your price point may be different. It is a learned skill over time. I fully expect to hit my price point or under no matter how much I love an item I know I can put it down because I will find a better deal later. I can assure you, you will too.

  • Children’s clothing $1-$2
  • Children’s Winter Coats $2-$3
  • Children’s shoes $1-$2
  • Toys $1 – $4  the higher end for larger or highly coveted toys
  • Adult clothing  $2 – $6 the lower being for T-shirts and the higher for brand names
  • Small kitchen appliances $2- $7
  • Decors such as wall hangings, curtains, and knick-knacks $1-$4
  • DVDs $1-$2
  • Books $1 and under
  • Purses $5 and under
  • Belts, ties, hats, gloves, new socks, gently used bras $2 and under.
  • Small electronics such as alarm clocks & radios $2-$3
  • End tables and small furniture $5 and under unless the piece is special such as mahogany
  • Couches, chairs, and table set $10 – $35 my price point is low here because often you can get these things free on giving away sites.

***Many time larger toys like the ride on toys and outdoor toys will be marked low due to lack of storage space at the store those things they want to move quickly.

Let me tell you, there is nothing like the feeling you get walking out of a thrift store knowing you just ripped them off. Oh, My Gosh! KIDDING. Sometimes though, I really feel that way. So walk in there with an open mind armed with these tips and thrift shop like the pro you now are.

Are you a thrift shopping Mama?  Tell me your own tips in the comments below or shoot me your questions I would be happy to answer them.

5 Bedtime Routine Tricks for Toddlers That actually Work

Tips for getting your toddler go to bed and stay in bed. Five simple things you can start doing tonight. To create a simple bedtime routine and a peaceful sleeping environment so everyone can start sleeping again.

Your eyes are drooping to your knees but your toddler is running around jumping from couch to couch claiming war on bedtime. Are you tired of bedtime battles only to end up tiptoeing around in the wee early hours of the morning because your toddler finally went to bed and you must have some sleep before they come running and screaming into your bed only to spend the rest of your sleepless night feeling like you spent the night fighting off  fifteen caffeinated ninjas?

 

Create a bedtime routine you can honestly live with.

Don’t start out with a six-hour routine that involves reading a million books, fifty stuffed animals arranged in alphabetical order from left to right along juniors footboard and 95 glasses of water and just 4,598 more questions. Keep it simple and real. Keep it the same every night. Bath, Jammies, teeth, book, kiss, hug, tuck, and lights out. It is easy and realistic to do for many years to come.

Consider a noise machine

I myself hate sleeping in a silent room because then every little noise jars me awake. Children are often the same. White noise is a wonderful tool to drown out nightly household noise as life continues after their bedtime.

What is their best sleeping temperature?

Like adults, children sleep better in certain temperatures. Some will want to be warmer and others on the cooler side. The trick is to figure that out with a younger child. Little Miss for one likes to be covered well but the room to be cooler because she gets too hot with her comforter on.

Stop screen time about an hour before bed.

Limit blue screens such as tablets, computers and TV to day use only as these screens will interrupt sleep patterns.

Child tablet

According to the National Sleep Foundation, blue screens tell the brain it is time to be awake and alert and the body will not produce enough melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that tells the body it is sleepy. So it is advised to shut those screens down and maybe opt for a bit of classical music or reading instead.

Be Consistent and Firm.

 

If they come out after being put to bed gently walk them back, place them in bed without any fan fair and simply keep doing it. Be matter of fact about it. It may take many times, it may even take some tears (Them and you) But in the end, everyone should be sleeping far more soundly. Your bedtime routine if used consistently will become second nature if you stay firm on what bedtime means.

Cites :

Nation Sleep Foundation on Blue Lights and Kids

Sleeping photos from pixabay.com

Baby Got The Teething Blues? How To Quickly Soothe Those Little Gums.

Teething: There is nothing as cute and exciting as when baby gets that first little tooth. There is also no bigger of a relief for a tired Mama as when that tooth finally pops out and sleep can once again reign! So many of you are asking what you can do for your little ones teething pain and answers we have just for you! Hang in there Mama, this too shall pass.

How to soothe a teething baby quickly!

** A few mommies recommend rubbing whiskey or other alcohol products on babies gums. Please do not do this. This puts your baby at risk for all sorts of bad things. If you must use alcohol to soothe someone keep the soothing for you. 😉

Tips and tricks to soothe and calm even the fussiest teething baby www.simplymoms.net

Most Popular Teething product

Hand down Simply Moms mothers recommended the Razbaby RaZberry Teether. This pacifier shaped teether seems to be a favorite of babies near and far. It provides your little one with a hands-free teether so they can do their most important work. PLAY! From what I am told by other Mamas’ like yo Razbaby RaZberry Teether for teething babiesu is that you can freeze it to cool your little one’s gums. It is 100% non-toxic silicone and textured not to mention it is freaking ADORABLE!!!

Don’t you agree?

What I personally like is the fact they are not liquid filled. I don’t know about your little one but mine always seemed to puncture those liquid-filled teethers once they were teethers with teeth.

I certainly see why other mommies love these and their babies do as well.

 

Let’s Get Old-School

Sometimes the best solutions are those handed down through generations, you know the free and easy ones. Perhaps this is something you never even thought of.

When my now mostly grown children and Little Miss were the teething age we would take a new clean washcloth, wet it and squeeze it out and pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes or so.

Once frozen it was handed off to the little one to chew and suck on.

Personally, I think it worked swimmingly well. It kept their interest for a long while and the coolness was soothing to their sore gums.

One mommy mentioned soaking the cloth in juice and wringing it out and freezing it. I have never tried it but if you do tell me how it works.

Look Why Not Just Chill?

Mesh net feeders for teething babies just add cool or frozen fruits or veggies.

No silly I didn’t mean you chill out I mean chill those gums right off THEN you can chill, sound like a deal?

How about a breast milk or formula popsicle?

 

Cold and tasty um for them ha ha.Or if your days with your little are more adventurous some frozen fruit puree.There are so many awesome popsicle molds for making popsicles at home my favorite ones for babies are the new silicone popsicle  molds that do not have a stick (Think freeze pop) you can check them out >> here << 

Or of the idea of popsicles doesn’t work for you. You can add frozen fruits or ice cubes to a mesh feeder. Little Miss loved hers with frozen banana chunks in it. There are so many possibilities here, frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nice cold apple slices just to name a few. What would you add?

Teething Biscuit Any One?

I confess I always used these with my babies. They LOVED them. Here is another confession. I sat there and watched them munch on them because I was well aware of the fact pieces can, would and did break off and it poses a choking hazard. This is not something you hand to a baby and walk away they need to be supervised closely with these. However, with that supervision, they are generally a big hit and well, a big old mess but isn’t that half the fun?

The Teether You Always Have Right At The Tip Of Your Fingers.

A nice clean mommy or daddy finger can make for a wonderful teether. Just apply light pressure to their gums and it helps relieve of some of the pain.  I am pretty sure it does not get any more simple, or cheap but people have done it for generations and it does indeed help.

Amber Necklaces Do They Work? Are They Safe?

Some of you mommies swear by these. Others say they didn’t see any difference at all. The medical field does not advocate their use due to choking and strangulation risks. The is also strong doubt in the medical field that they work.  I personally have not used one. So I can’t weigh in with my opinions.

A Word On Orajel and Infant Pain Relievers

This article was written with the idea in mind of trying to avoiding the medicated route of caring for a teething baby.

However, we realize as a mom you will make the ultimate choices for your own babies comfort.

It has been mentioned recently that an ingredient in Baby Orajel,  Benzocaine could possibly be very unsafe for babies. The FDA states “the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain can lead to a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia” Though there is  Baby Orajel Natual that does not contain this ingredient or alcohol, it also left out any food dyes. Making it a much safer alternative.

It is my suggestion for infant pain relievers that you speak to your child’s pediatrician about proper dosage and use.

 

How did you deal with teething? We would love to hear your comments, questions, and ideas below!