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Labor Day Weekend Sales at Old Navy!

By on September 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you all are enjoying this long break. I was sick Friday, had a raspy gross voice and sore throat. Today I felt a lot better and the girls went to a birthday party for their little friend. It was so cute seeing them having so much fun. I will be doing a post on what we’ve been up to lately Tuesday or Wednesday so stay tuned!

If you haven’t seen all the awesome sales going on this weekend then you better look now before they are gone.

Old Navy has Jeans, Dresses and Tees 50% off and everything else is on sale as well. I got this top last week in pink and black and love it in pink. For some reason the black material felt more stiff so I am returning it. No clue why they felt different. I also have this tank top and it is my all time favorite Here are some of my other favorite items that are on sale.

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Daily Deals & Steals: Everything under $10!

By on August 22, 2017

Happy Tuesday! Here are some awesome deals you won’t want to miss.

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Kids Bedroom and Playroom Items under $10

Dishes, Snack Dispensers and Cups under $3

Clothing and Accessories under $8

Some awesome shoes under $6

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Embracing | motherhood | parenting

Motherhood: Stop the Comparisons

By on August 21, 2017

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I am a huge fan of books on “tape”. I recently downloaded the Audible app (Get Two Free Audiobooks) and downloaded Rachel Cruze’s Love Your Life Not Theirs. In it she talks about comparisons and how it can steal our joy. It made me realize how true that is in motherhood. We see the perfect moments on instagram or Facebook and think “Why isn’t my house that perfect?” “Why don’t my children play nicely like that?” It can be hard to sit back and remember this is just a moment in time. Their life is probably not always this put together and perfect. I know for myself people would come up to me when the girls were babies and Ace was a toddler and say things like “Wow, you make it look so easy, how do you do it?” But in reality Everly was constantly crying from colic and I was trying to make sure my other two children were getting enough attention. It was overwhelming most of the time. My life just appeared calm and collected because I only posted pictures where everyone was happy. Well, almost always, you can see a not so happy picture of the girls here. It’s pretty classic of what our life was like majority of the time. Those closest to me knew that it wasn’t as easy as it may have looked.

Comparison will play tricks on you as a new mom. I think the older our children get and even the more children we have the less we compare and become more confident in ourselves. We know it’s not always peaches and cream. We realize there are amazing moments and tough ones. New moms are just trying to get through those first few weeks of learning to breastfeed, never sleeping and getting to know your baby. It can be a total mind f*ck. It really felt like that when I first had Ace. Thankfully I had seasoned mothers who helped me through it but when you are in it it can be rough.

So how do we stop the comparison game when it comes to motherhood?

Remind yourself that more often than not others are going to emphasize the good and not show the bad. No one wants to post pictures of their house in disarray or their children being complete disasters even if that is your typical day. So when you see that perfectly put together family know that that is just a blip in time. It probably took 10 shots to get that one perfect one. Heck, I still can’t get a perfect shot of my 3 kids after a bunch of pictures so don’t feel bad if you can’t either. Look at our 4th of July picture, I probably took 15 pictures and this was the best I could get. Thanks for closing your eyes, Everly!

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover no matter how beautiful it is. It may look like a million bucks but inside it’s a Mom that is going full force to get her house and children looking perfect for that one shot on instagram. I know bloggers who will even pull pieces from other rooms to stage a picture for an instagram picture. When your job is displaying products (kids clothing, room decor, food, etc.) on social media it is going to look better than just your random shot of your kids in their play clothes. Trust me!

Stop comparing yourself to seasoned moms, blogging moms, or other new moms. We are all a hot mess in at least one area in our lives, some are just better at hiding it than others. Instead be honest about the hard times. This may create a safe place for another Mom to open up about her trials as a mother. I know that is how I learned about other Moms struggling. I was honest about my children being colicky or having trouble nursing. Maybe my baby wasn’t sleeping and I was just plain exhausted. If I told a friend there was always someone there to say “Girl, I’ve been there!”

Motherhood isn’t always easy. It can be one of the hardest things because we love these little people so much, with such passion that our fear of screwing them up causes us to stress ourselves out. Remember they will more than likely remember things in a much more positive light so try not to stress it too much. Try to slow down, appreciate what you have and not what others are portraying on the internet or out in public.

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How to Earn Extra Money from your Phone

By on August 7, 2017
If you are like me you are always looking for little ways to save money or bring in money to your household. I like to use this extra money on things like Starbucks or a trip to Target. Here are some apps I use on my phone to earn extra cash, gift cards and freebies.
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1. Inbox Dollars. The name says it all. You get paid to read the emails they send you. You can also earn money through videos, surveys, searches and referrals.  Right when you sign up you get $5.00 (make sure you confirm your email address) and you can earn $10.00 very quickly with all the extra tasks they want you to do when you sign up. I earned $20.00 with in a week through their surveys and videos. The videos are actually really entertaining too so they are easy to let play and watch or listen to. 
2. ShopKicks. This app is super easy to use. You basically open it while shopping and you can see what stores earn you “kicks”. Kicks are points towards gift cards. You can also scan items, buy items and scan your receipt to earn extra kicks. I have earned the most freebies on this one so far. I use this app to earn free Starbucks gift cards but they have a large variety of rewards. 
3. Ebates. This app and website is great to shop through to earn money. If you shop online you can earn money pretty easily you just have to open up their website and click on the store to shop. You earn a percentage of the amount you spend and it goes right into your Ebates account. They can send you a check or transfer the money to your PayPal account. Very simple and straight forward. If you sign up using my referral link you will get $10 too!
4. Swagbucks. This app and website is very similar to Ebates. I like to check out both sites to see which one has the higher percentage back and use that one to shop. Swagbucks is different though because you can earn Swagbucks through more than just shopping. You can complete tasks, check out websites, watch videos, take surveys, download coupons, etc. There is a ton of ways to earn on this one if you don’t want to spend money to make money. Get $3.00 from signing up using my referral link and $2.00 after you spend $25. You can also check out my post on using Swagbucks HERE.
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Back to School Favorites from Target for Girls!

By on July 25, 2017

Back to school shopping is my absolute favorite. This year Ace is wearing uniforms so that was pretty uneventful. Although, I do love uniforms. So easy!

I decided to surf Target’s site and found some super cute outfit ideas so check out some cute back to school outfit ideas. I will be putting together a boy’s back to school post soon. Happy Shopping!

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peach cardigan / dress / white cardi / gauze tank / knit shorts /checkered top / blue & white pinstripe top / cropped jeans / knit sweater / jean shorts / unicorn lunchbox / lace high tops / are you kitten me backpack

 

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Giveaway! Over $350 worth of Prizes!

By on July 18, 2017

Hey guys! How has y’alls Summer been going? We have been so busy so I will update my blog more frequently soon. Until then here is an awesome giveaway for you all to enter! 

Cicis, the nation’s top family-friendly pizza buffet restaurant, is always ready to offer fun and delicious meals. Cicis offers great tasting food full of flavorful choices at a great value while delivering a fun and friendly dining experience. At Cicis, guests can enjoy a wide variety of pizzas, including stuffed crust, deep-dish and flatbreads, along with pastas, salads and desserts for dine-in, carry-out and catering. There’s something delicious for everyone who walks through Cicis’ doors!

To celebrate National Picnic Month, Cicis’ has an unbelievable summer special available to all: “3 Medium 1-Topping Pizzas for $4 each!

In honor of this great special and National Picnic Month, Cicis’ is ready to bring some fun to all our readers with two amazing contests! One will be held over at Cicis’ Instagram page, where they will be asking fans to share photos of their own picnics for a chance to win pizza-themed picnic baskets. All you have to do is post an original photo of your pizza picnic spread using the hashtags #pizzapicnic and #sweepstakesentry and tag @officialcicis in the photo description to receive one entry into the Sweepstakes.

This Sweepstakes starts on July 17, 2017 and ends on July 30, 2017, for more information and rules head over here.

Each winner of the Cicis’ Instagram Sweepstakes will receive a Cicis’ picnic basket containing one $150 Cicis gift card, one pizza-themed picnic blanket, one pizza-themed pool float and one cooler tote.The second big way to win is right here! One lucky reader will win an amazing gift pack sponsored by Cicis! This amazing pizza-themed picnic basket includes the following prizes:

  • Visa gift card – $150
  • Cicis gift card – $150
  • Pizza-themed picnic blanket – $24.99
  • Pizza themed pool float – $35.99
  • Cooler tote – $20

All you have to do is head below for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends on 7/30 at 11:59pm EST. Must be 18 yo + to enter. Void where prohibited.

Good luck!

 

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It’s Positive!

By on July 15, 2017

Yesterday I was browsing my Facebook Memories and I came across a post that reminded me about when I found out I was pregnant with Everly. I can’t believe it has been 4 years. Four years ago I took a pregnancy test, a pregnancy test I did not think would be positive but it was.

If you have followed my blog for awhile now you know it took us quite some time to get pregnant with Ace. We tried for over a year before discovering I have PCOS. It was hard because I rarely ovulate so trying to get that exact time wasn’t a 1-2 shot in a 28 day span it was more like a 1-2 shot in a 90 day span. Not fun. Anyway when we decided to try for a second baby we knew it would probably take time. We tried for about 6 or 7 months and the last month we tried it was more of a last minute ok lets make this the last month try. I actually ovulated on my Mom’s birthday. I think she may have had a hand in Everly.

So back to the day I found out I was pregnant with Everly. The day before we had just had Ace’s 2nd birthday party. I even remember telling one of my friends that we were waiting to try for one more. I really truly did not believe I got pregnant when we tried a couple weeks before his birthday. So the next day I was at my sister’s and we were in the pool talking about how Branden and I decided to wait to try again. We wanted to do some more things with just Ace since he was getting to a really fun age.

Later that night I got home with Ace and put him to bed. Suddenly the electricity went out so I was sitting on the couch in the dark waiting for the lights to come on. I had just text Branden and when I picked my head up I felt really dizzy. I thought it was weird then I realized the date. I knew it had been almost 2 weeks since I ovulated. I ran upstairs and took a pregnancy test. Still thinking it would be negative but wanted to rule it out. The electricity came on so I remember turning the tv on and almost forgetting about the test for a few minutes. I didn’t even stare at the test like I normally would. I went back into the bathroom and had to do a double take. It’s Positive! I seriously felt like I was one of those idiot people who run around looking for the box trying to figure out what two lines means. I was in that much shock.


I seriously just sat there not believing it. I don’t even remember if I called anyone yet. I may have called my best friend Kat but I know everyone else I waited to tell. That night I could not sleep. I wanted to tell Branden in a cute way so I was laying next to him in bed with butterflies in my stomach.

In the morning Branden went to work and I rushed over to Carter’s when it opened to get Ace a “Big Brother” shirt. I had a play date at my friend Erin’s house so while I was getting Ace out of the car I told her to look at the shirt I had gotten Ace. She looked at it and totally freaked out. We were having a play date with another friend who recently had a miscarriage so I felt horrible not telling her but also didn’t want to tell her and upset her. Erin would look at me randomly and whisper I can’t believe you’re pregnant. She is probably my favorite person to tell things to because her reactions are always hilarious and extreme.

After the play date I headed home and waited for Branden to get home. I asked him to give Ace a bath and then go change him into the pi’s I left on his changing table. I was sitting in our room when I heard him say “What? Wait, this isn’t real?” Sure enough it was!

I feel like that was the start of our journey to not just having Everly but Ashlyn too. Our girls are such a pair. We literally found out about them a month apart. It wasn’t like we got pregnant with Everly and it was awhile before we found out about Ashlyn. We literally got pregnant and a month and a week later decided to adopt Ashlyn. We even found out that they would both be girls I  think a week or two apart. These two were meant to be little partners in crime, a sweet duo. I love that they will grow up together.

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

By on July 12, 2017
Snack ideas for toddlers and children
Lets just be honest for a second: sometimes feeding your kids is hard. Wealthy or poor, one child or six kids, working mom or stay-at-homers – we all just want our kids to eat healthy portions of healthy foods. And we all face different challenges:
 
Some of us have kids that are bonafide picky-pants. These are the kids that eat the same foods over and over and would rather go hungry than try something new that they almost certainly would like if they gave it a shot. On the other hand you have the quote “good eaters”, the ones that try lots of different foods, including the occasional vegetable. I happen to have one of each, and sometimes it’s hard to not like my adventurous eater a little better than her picky sister, at least at mealtimes.
 
Another challenge that moms face is time. The thing about toddlers is that they usually don’t tell you when they are beginning to feel a little bit hungry. Most of the time they wait until they are on the verge of becoming full on ravenous wild beasts that need food NOW. Like right now, or maybe even ten minutes before now. This is where you learn that toddlers are extremely prone to the condition known as ‘hangry”.
Something else I think we can all agree on is that we want our kids to eat things that are healthy, or at least that contain more nutrition than bad stuff. And if we could do that in a cost-effective manner, then we would really have something!
 
So we want yummy, quick, healthy, and affordable. Here are a few of the toddler snacks I love that fit that description:
 
Fruit
We love fruit! Our favorites for speed of delivery are bananas and blueberries because those can be served almost instantaneously. If you have two extra minutes to spare for prepping you can slice strawberries, apples, or grapes, or peel a clementine. Or you can make these fruit popsicles to keep on hand for healthy treats on hot days. Melons like cantaloup or watermelon are a fun way to mix it up when they are in season. 
 toddler snack ideas
Cheese
Cheese is a big favorite around here. We like all mild types of cheese for snack time, like mozzarella, mild cheddar, or Monterey Jack. You can get string cheese, cheese cubes, or you can cut slices off of a bigger block if you want the slightly slower but least expensive option.
 
Yogurt
A few months ago I started using this recipe for homemade yogurt and it allows me to make an entire gallon of yogurt for about $4.50! Life changing, for me at least. A lot of people like fruit in their yogurt so you can customize that to your taste, and I like to mix a few tablespoons of quick cooking oats into the yogurt to absorb some of the liquid to make self feeding easier for new spoon users. I also sweeten with honey instead of refined sugar.
 toddler snack ideas
Grains
Graham crackers, ritz crackers, or cheerios are a good choice for this food group. Surprising fun fact: chocolate cheerios have less sugar in them than honey nut and they make your milk chocolate! Another thing I love is granola bars. This is my recipe that I like for toddlers because it’s not tough or crunchy like a lot of the prepackaged ones.
 
Vegetables
Sneaky is the name of the game when it comes to veggies. The only two ways that I have successfully snuck them is by putting tons of spinach in all their smoothies and by inventing this recipe for chocolate hummus that they dip their strawberries and graham crackers in.
 
On The Go Snacks
Travel snacks demand special consideration. The key is to find the combination that meets most or all of the requirements we listed before, plus can be packed up with getting melty, crumbly, or smushy. 
Craisins or raisins, and applesauce pouches – dried fruit is a great non-messy finger food. When we are home we eat homemade applesauce, but when we are on the road applesauce pouches are the way to go.
String cheese – prepackaged for convenience, and if you freeze them you don’t even need to pack a cooler for them to stay good for a few hours.
Fruit snacks (gummies) – these are something that I only buy for treats or traveling. There are a couple high fruit/low sugar options that are passably healthy for those occasions. If anybody out there has a good recipe for healthy, homemade gummies hit me up!
Pretzels and peanuts – these are good options for older toddlers and preschoolers. They aren’t messy and they keep you full for a while.
 toddler snack ideas
My general policy is to provide one thing from two different categories for snack time, and then three different things with bigger portions for meals. There is so much more that could be said about snack time (because we all know that snack time is a big part of life for toddlers and their mamas) but this about covers the highlights of the snack menu we love at my house. I hope you’ve found some helpful suggestions and I would love to hear what YOU love to snack on with your wee ones!
 
 
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She eats, reads, and lives in small
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5 Tips for Preparing your Dog for a New Baby

By on July 6, 2017
tips for preparing dogs for a new baby

 
I’m Vanessa, mom of one 5 month old cutie named Noah, wife to a very talented media director & music producer, Julio, and blogger over at Dumpy Diapers I’ve been enjoying the past few months as a stay at home mom while on maternity leave, but am currently gearing up to return to my full time job as a teacher of preschool students with special needs. Dumpy Diapers was born of this time I’ve been enjoying with my little guy, as I wanted to reach out and share with others this beautiful sisterhood of motherhood!

Before bringing a bouncing, beautiful baby boy into the world, I was a very happy mom to two precious pups. Our dogs had been part of our family… well, before we even were a family. Our boy, Skillet is 10, and we adopted our little girl Chili, 2, just after our first anniversary. Pets really have a way of working themselves into home & heart, so we knew that making sure there was a positive relationship between them and the new baby we’d bring home was a big priority. I want to share with you some of the things we did that I feel really helped us nurture a healthy bond between our dogs and our baby, that might help you do the same with yours!

Make pet-talk and cuddle time bump friendly.
This might seem a little silly at first, but as highly social creatures, dogs will pick up in your behavioral changes as well as those in your body chemistry and physical appearance as your belly grows. So talk to them about it! Use the word “baby’ and the name you’ve picked out lots while gesturing to your bump. Bring the dogs up close for sniffing. I also worked on “gentle” to teach them not to jump or bare weight on me and baby. Once Noah was born, I continued to use the same terms repetitively, so they would hopefully make the connection. Do I know that they get it? Of course not. But do they seem to? I think so!

Bring home baby’s clothes for hospital-stay sniffs.
While we were stuck in the hospital, my husband would bring home the baby’s hats, onesies and blankets for our dogs to sniff. Because scent is such a big part of a dog’s world, knowing baby’s smell will limit chances that they could feel threatened or territorial, as it will feel less like a tiny stranger invading their home and will create a sense of familiarity.


Give them one-on-one time.
My dogs are not the super cute, baby-loving types you see go viral on The Dodo. They didn’t grow up with Noah. They are now the spurned older siblings, and they definitely get jealous. Yours may be, as well. To avoid your pooches feeling too left out when baby is too tiny for them to be near, make sure to give them extra snuggles, walks and playtime, as well as occasional treats to make them feel special. As hard as it might be not to just lay down when baby is down in those early weeks, invest some time in your pets without your little one. It will make their adjustment into furry siblingdom so much easier.

Little by little.
As baby grows, work with your pets being around and near him. Let them sniff (and lick, if you’re willing) to get to know their new little human brother or sister. Practice gentle petting with baby, and redirect any hair, ear or tail pulling as little one gets more adventurous. You’d be surprised how early your baby can start doing damage (and to your head of hair, too)!

Always supervise.
Even the gentlest of dogs still has animal instinct, so be sure to keep a close eye and stay within arms length when your fur babies are hanging out with your tiny tot.


Our geezer doesn’t care much for his baby brother, but since Chili is younger (and oh so spoiled) she plays hot and cold with Noah all the time. We are constantly using the tips I shared with you today, so I hope you find them as useful as we have! Feel free to share about your own experiences with your pets and babies in the comments below and tag us in your super cute photos @dumpydiapersblog on Instagram. We’d love to see them!

Happy mommin’!

 
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Why We Moved…Again!

By on July 4, 2017

Hey guys! So, yes, we moved again. I know I look like a crazy person but the first move was not right for us. We found a house we loved, it ended up falling through and rushed into another house. It was a cute house on a great cul de sac but it never felt like home to me. I quickly realized we should have just done the big move to South Daytona/Port Orange area like we have dreamed of doing for years instead of moving locally. 
  moving with kids
A little backstory on the new location. When Branden and I moved down to South Florida we never planned on staying there. It ended up being a huge blessing in disguise since I lost both my parents so that time I had with them was precious. Prior to this, we had talked about moving to one of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia or by my best friend in Port Orange, Florida. That was our main goal and two days before we found out we were expecting Ace we had come up and talked about us moving up there and even met some of my best friend’s friends. After I had Ace I didn’t want to leave my parents. I loved having them around for him and called my best friend and told her our plans were put on hold. I remember telling Branden, crying, because I knew he would be disappointed. Thankfully we stayed and got that last year with my parents.
 
After their deaths we had a lot of things to deal with and ended up buying one of my good friend’s parents’ house. We loved it. It was in a great neighborhood and we had awesome neighbors but once the girls came we thought a bigger home would be better. We found our house but again never felt like home. I called my best friend crying the first night in the house and she told me not to stress because it was not our forever home, we would eventually move out of South Florida and be where we were meant to be. After a couple weeks I told Branden we needed to start talking about seriously making the move. I told him I was not going to move where we knew no one and the people we are closest to and the place we love are in Port Orange. We gave ourself a year to look for a house and move.

Port Orange Beach

We randomly looked at some houses but one day a house two doors down came up for sale so we jumped on it. This was a huge sign for us. I drove up to look at the house but unfortunately the inspection showed the house was not insurable. The owners were very difficult and we decided to look at another house. This house was made for us. The set up, the lake, the location was all great. It was only 2 minutes from my best friend and the neighborhood was great. We made an offer and it was accepted. We quickly closed and are now in our new home. I instantly felt at home here. Everyday I look around and think about how lucky we are to have this house. 
I truly believe we had to get out of our first house into the second for me to get out of my comfort zone and move out of South Florida where I grew up. We have wanted this for so long but I always hesitated. While South Florida was a great place to grow up, it has changed a lot. It’s very crowded and just became too much for me. It definitely will be nice to go visit but I am glad to be where it is much calmer. 
 
The kids are a lot happier here too. They love the new house. I think having a one story is a huge benefit for them.  Before they had their rooms upstairs with some stuff to play with then their playroom but they always brought everything out of their playroom and never used it. It was really frustrating because the flow of the house just didn’t work for us. I think if our kids were older it would have been a better house for us. This house has the playroom and their bedrooms right off the living room so they can be playing and still come out and see us if they need. It’s also a lot easier to clean everything up.
 
We are definitely finding our groove here and so far are really liking the parks, library and beaches. 
If you made it this far congratulations. This turned into a novel!

Port Orange Beach

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