Mother Earth Produce

It’s contest time again!  Wow, I can’t believe how much love I have been receiving about Get Out Mama and Baby.  You all are so wonderful and supportive and I appreciate it so much!

And with that, because of the support, and because of the increase in following, we have decided to have yet another giveaway!  And mamas, you are NOT going to want to miss out on this one.

Mother Earth Produce has generously offered us a $40 gift certificate to give away during our contest!  If you have not heard of them, be sure to visit their website.  Basically, in a nutshell, this is who they are (quoted from their website):

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“Mother Earth Produce is a local and family-owned, year-round delivery service of organic produce and local edibles.  We partner with local farms and many local businesses to bring organic, locally-grown and made produce and edibles to homes across WNC and Upstate South Carolina.  Our goal is to make organic and sustainably grown local produce accessible and convenient to everyone in the community.  We make it simple to eat fresh and healthy local food by delivering bins to your front door. Embrace the abundant gifts that our Earth Mother has to share! Enjoy Mother Earth’s foods. We bring a farmers market to your door!”

What is great about this dollar amount of $40 is you can literally request a Medium Size Bin full of fresh organic produce that Mother Earth will deliver to you!  All you have to do is enter and win.  To enter, go to our Facebook Page and follow the contest directions.  A winner will be chosen on Thursday, April 16th at 12pm!  Good luck and happy winning!

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I Will NEVER Drive a Mini Van!

“I will NEVER drive a mini van!”

Yea right!  My mini van is my dream car!

I have to be honest with you though, I used to think only “old soccer moms” drove those things.  And now, I have one.  It is gorgeous.  It is the color of pure beauty.  It has doors that open automatically – and those doors allow my toddler to climb in and out all by himself while I try to juggle everything else.  I love the heated seats.  The compartments where I can store diapers, wipes, toys, bottles, pacifiers, all of the necessities for “getting out” and MORE!  I love that I can sit in the back honda-odysseybetween my two little lovies without having to squish my oversize hips between the two carseats.  I love that there are like 10 cup holders.  I love that I can store my ginormous double stroller in the back and STILL be able to see out the back window.  I love that I can change my kid’s diapers in the back seat without their poor little legs dangling out the front door.  I love that there is SPACE!  I think I can handle a 6-disc CD changer, a sunroof and the fact that I’m saving money in gas ( my previous ‘ride’ only got 16 miles to the gallon, this amazing mini van gets 19.5!!!),

Yea, I think I love this thing.

Crafty Mama – Wire Wrap Rings

MOPS is a ton of fun!  Moms, food, crafts and great info.  If you are not apart of one you should be!

MOPS is a ton of fun! Moms, food, crafts and great info. If you are not apart of one you should be!

MOPS was great this week!  It was relaxing, full of mommy time and included a really super duper fun craft that I NEED to share with you…

Wire Wrap Rings

These are so cute, and they are easy to make.  I am not crafty by any stretch of the imagination and I came out with an adorable ring that I wear everyday.  All you need are a few things from the craft store, about 10 minutes of your time and a cheerful heart.

Materials:

  • Craft Wire – Cut about 18in long (or your desired length – this will depend on how much wrapping you wish to do)
  • Pretty Beads
  • Thick Sharpie

That’s it!  Easy peasy!  So here are the instructions:

Wire Wrap InstructionsSo, first, you cut your wire to the desired length; the longer the wire, the more wrapping you will have to do.  Once your wire is cut, string your bead and put it in the very middle of the wire.  Grab your sharpie and wrap the wire around it two or three times.  Then start wrapping around the bead.  You will need to wrap the bead with both ends of the wire for an even look…

Keep wrapping…

And wrapping…

And wrapping…

Until you have even shorter ends on either side of the bead.  Then you will slip the bead off of the sharpie and begin wrapping around the sides of the ring (See the 8th picture in the instructions).  And VOILA!  You have a beautiful new ring to sport at your mommy groups!

Check out some of the pictures from the craft!

20150318_103345 20150318_102848 My wire wrap ring Wrap Rings!

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The 5 Best Apps for Toddlers

5 Best Toddler Apps

Let’s face it, technology is a beautiful thing, especially when it comes to toddlers.  Before my son was born I was thought to myself, “Nope, I will NEVER let MY child play with my phone!  Those parents that hand their phone over to their screaming child in the restaurant are only corrupting him.”  Yea.  I’m that parent now.  Anytime my son is screaming at the dinner table in FATZ while tossing a knife across the room, I’m finding myself pulling out the good ole’ Samsung S5 with the Kids Mode app – it works like a charm.  So I’ve been downloading and testing out various apps with my near 2-year-old son, finding those that work and those that do not.  Over the course of the past year I’m pretty sure I’ve downloaded and deleted over 30 apps.  But over this year I’ve found, in my own opinion, the 5 Best Apps for Toddlers.  I’ll explain in full detail…

THE 5 BEST APPS FOR TODDLERS!

  1. thebigmovingappSesame Street’s The Big Moving Adventure – This is a great app, and my son is obsessed.  Not only is it great for little boys, but little girls as well!  Basically, your child can create his or her own little Sesame Street character and help him move to his new home.  It’s actually really fun, and something that you can do with your little one.  The storyline goes as follows – A Sesame Street family is moving, and it is YOUR job to help the little Sesame Street guy pack up and make it home, and then help unpack.  Kids LOVE this for some reason!  I definitely recommend it because we have ended many-a-scream-fits at the grocery store.
  2. My Vehicle Universe – If you have a boy, this app is for you (er…him), hands down.  There are various games, puzzles andmyvehicleapp fun to be had on My Vehicle Universe.  My son’s favorite is the matching of the trucks, cars and transportation vehicles.  He will literally sit and watch the cartoon vehicles zoom across the screen…over…and over…and over…Other great features of this app include a card matching game, it helps teach them how to count (cars of course), and other neat little games.  The free version gives you half of the app, but for $3.99 more you can experience the WHOLE thing – well worth the investment!
  3. legoappLEGO DUPLO Train – LEGO puts out tons of neat things.  At our local The Little Gym, for example, we take part in the DUPLO Toddler Build activities.  So needless to say, the apps that they produce are amazing.  The LEGO DUPLO Train app is a fun one.  It is also mama/toddler interactive as well.  Basically, the player is set on an adventure to build up the train and deliver the items or passengers as needed.  And along the way there are lots of fun things to tap on and interact with.  I love that it is free as well!
  4. Peekaboo Barn – Now this app is one my son’s faves.  Peekaboo Barn is free as a “lite” app, but you can purchase the fullbarnapp app for $1.99.  I am a big advocate for this one because Peekaboo Barn has literally helped my little guy learn some new syllables, sounds and words!  No kidding!  He loves opening the barn door to find a surprise animal with a sound and it’s name.  We have learned “llama”, “duck”, “rooster” and the sound of an owl so far!  We love this one!
  5. pottyappPotty Training Game – There is something super intriguing about going to the potty.  I’m not sure what it is, but it just is.  No, My little guy is NOT potty trained, but I truly feel like this app will be a huge help in getting him to.  In this amazing app for toddlers, you play in a large room with a cartoon bear – you dance, play with boats, change his underwear, etc.  After about 20 seconds the bear starts to jump up and down saying, “I NEED TO USE THE POTTY?!?!”  This excites my son as he “takes the bear to the potty”.  The app has you go through the entire process – getting on the potty, going number 1 or 2, wiping, flushing and then finally washing your hands.  If you complete this full process (***drumroll please***) you get a STICKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You are laughing – but this app will save your life.

What are your favorite apps?  Maybe even your top 5 best apps for toddlers?  Share with me in the comments!  And don’t forget to check me out on Facebook and Instagram @thegetoutmama

Hey Imperfect Mamas, Let’s Talk!

Opinions are something that we as mamas seem to NEVER escape, whether it be from a close family member, a friend, or even a complete and total stranger at the grocery store.  I’m pretty sure that everyone else knows how to raise my kids better than me…or so they think!  So we as imperfect mamas, we need to bond and band together and support one another on this hard yet extremely rewarding job we have taken on.  So just for funzies, I thought that I would put together a list of opinions (whether good or bad) that have been thrown my way regarding my children and parenting.  I would LOVE to hear from you as well!  Leave some love in the comments with opinions or comments that you have received that you thought were a bit crazy, silly, or even helpful!  And hey!  Don’t forget to “Like” me on Facebook!

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  • “You should keep a gate up on those stairs.  They are awfully steep and the kids could get hurt on them.”
  • “Keeping a gate on the stairs takes away from their independence.  Not to mention, they need to learn how to climb up and down those things, otherwise they will get hurt.”
  • “You should only feed your 6 month old one thing at a time.  Start with carrots the first month, then move on to pears next month.  This will keep them from having stomach issues later on.”
  • “Don’t just stick with one type of food, feed your baby many things!  He should try pears, carrots and plums the very first month you start feeding him.  This way, your child will develop a palate for many things.”
  • “Sensitive wipes are a must – if the wipes have anything in them they will burn her butt.”
  • “Scented wipes are a must – if you use anything else she will stink to high heavens.”
  • “You need to brush your little guys teeth after each meal to keep his teeth and gums nice and healthy.”
  • “It isn’t necessary to brush his teeth until after the baby teeth fall out, what’s the point anyways?”
  • “Breastfeeding your child is the best and most nutritional thing you can do.  Try to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first year of your child’s life.”
  • “Breastfeeding just is not enough for your little guy.  He needs formula to have a full belly, especially at night!”
  • “You must wake your baby at night and feed her every 4 hours, if you do not, you are a horrible parent.”
  • “Let your baby sleep, he will let you know if he is hungry in the middle of the night.”
  • “Take a nap when baby naps, you need rest Mama.”
  • “Get as much as you can done during the day, especially during naps.  If you have a dirty home I am NOT coming over.”
  • “Buy new clothes for your baby – you don’t know where those consigned things have been…”
  • “Save your money!  Purchase consigned items!”
  • “If your baby watches too much TV she will be nonsocial”
  • “If your baby watches these amazing Baby Einstein videos he will grow and prosper into a GENIUS!”
  • “Feeding your toddler chicken nuggets filled with MSG, GMOs, preservatives, chemicals, sodium cholide yadada, is like death in a nugget.  You should never feed your children these things….or goldfish….or cheerios….or cookies….or food bought anywhere for that matter…”
  • “Feed your baby whatever he or she will eat.  If that means M&Ms for breakfast, feed it to him….WHAT?!?!”
  • “You should never put your baby in the nursery at church, he will catch some dirty virus and get us all sick.”
  • “Keeping your baby from other children will cause your child to be very awkward when they become an adult.  She will not want to talk to anyone and will coward over in a corner all day long…”  I think my head is spinning…
  • “ONLY educational toys.”
  • “Let your child play with a stick.  His imagination will soar…like a bird…”
  • “Organic food…organic cotton…organic toys…USA made…because everything else is plastered with death causing chemicals.”
  • “Just be!  Use what you can, what you can afford and just live.”
  • “You should get a handle on your screaming child, no one wants to hear that while shopping.”
  • “Don’t worry about his loud squealing, one day you will look back on this and wish you hadn’t blinked.”
  • “Read to your child, she will become a GENIUS!”
  • “Let your child explore books without intervening.  This way his independence will blossom and flow…like a flower in the wind.”
  • “Make your own baby food, there are no bad things in homegrown produce.”
  • “Just buy the jars.  It’s easier and less expensive.”
  • “Your child should face the back of the car until she is 7 years old.”
  • “Your child should be turned around once he hits 1 year of age, it is only fair.”  So which is safer??  And legal?
  • “The best place for your child to be is outside, he will learn more that way.”
  • “Playing outside causes you more trouble than not…not to mention, she will come in covered in mud, and what parent wants that?”

This is just a handful of opinions…the list goes on and on and on!  Leave your opinions below!

The Science Behind Playdates

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Ok, ok, the title is a little silly – but seriously!  There is science behind the idea of playdates, why they are good for baby, why they are bad for baby, and so on.  Check out the video linked here that helps to explain why playdates are important and what our children are getting out of these activities.

I’m no scientist, nor am I a children’s therapist of any kind but during my own personal experiences with playdates, I have found that they are extremely beneficial to my kiddos.  Here are my reasonings…

  1. Socializing – Yes, I’m one of those weirdo moms that believes that children NEED to be socialized.  And not just because it is a science or fact based statement, but because it offers so much more for our children as they grow and mature in this world.  With my own playdate experience I have found that my children thrive during the few hours of fun.  They are happy; they soak in their surroundings and learn from other children.  Now, don’t get me wrong, some playdates have been complete disasters – but, whose perfect, right?  But in the scheme of things, I’m a playdate socializing believing mama.
  2. Mama Time – It’s important.  Mama time = sanity, just saying’.  You know that saying, “If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy”?!  It’s true.  Time spent with other moms is crucial.  There has to be some kind of scientific evidence proving that moms spending time with other moms is therapeutic and stress-relieving.
  3. Development – I’m a believer on this one too, only because I’ve seen it first hand.  The more playdates we attend the more I notice my 2 year old son picking up neat motor skills he otherwise never would have been able to teach him.  For example, throwing a ball…easy, right?  Not really…but after a few hours with another child throwing a ball my son all of a sudden could aim, throw and catch?!  WHAT?  Ok, he is no Chipper Jones but, we are getting there.

So, that’s a start.  A few points as to why I find playdates to be important.  And YES!  If you Google “playdates” you will literally find reasons as to why they are important and science to back it!  IT’S CRAAAZZZYYY!

“Get Out Gear” I’m Loving Right Now…

Getting out with my babies is always an adventure within itself.  If I have not prepared the night before (as in packing, prepping, filling bottles, the diaper bag, etc.) then it can take up to three hours to exit the house.  Even then, I’m still finding “get out roadblocks” such as:

  • “Oh!  You have pooped up your back…I guess we need to change you!”
  • “Hey…wait…where are you?!” – as my son is hiding out in the closet, or behind the couch
  • “Aaaaand you just spilled your juice all over your pants.  Let’s get some new pants on…”
  • “How on earth did you get banana all in your hair?”
  • “Where the heck are my keys??”
  • “Where the heck is my wallet??”
  • “Where the heck is my brain??”

I think you get it….

So, after much ado – we finally pack up in the car and head out.  This is so typical, and more than not, is usually how every.single.day.goes!  Fun stuff.  Over the past 2 years, however, I have found some AMAZING items that have helped getting out much easier in the morning that I would love to share with you!  These are my top 3.

  1. The Mommy Hook – Holy moly, this thing is a life saver.  With two kiddos, two huge packed to the rim bags, my coffee
    mommy-hook

    This little hook is AMAZING – trust me, you need it!

    cup, my purse, a carseat in hand and any other odds and ends I need to take out to the car, this thing is a lifesaver.  What I will do is put all of my bags, my purse and anything else that the hook will hold and then clip the hook onto the handle of the carseat.  It makes the carseat a little bit heavier but it helps consolidate a few things.  Not only do I use this hook to help us make it effortlessly to the car, but I also LOVE to use this hook on the stroller.  At the mall I can hang my purse and other bags on the hook, which allows for additional storage space under the stroller – since I obviously pack way too much junk when I get out of the house!

  2. Non-Spill Bowls – I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to pack snacks with much failure – if I were to give it a percentage, I’d say my failure rate is around 80%.  I always end up spilling the snacks on the ground, in the diaper bag or just completely forgetting the bowl!  Yep, mama brain at its best.  But I have found this awesome little contraption that some amazing mommy out there invented, and I’m sure it was a mom because who else would think of this – just sayin’.  NON-SPILL BOWLS!  Not only are
    This crazy bowl, actually is the best invention known to moms ;)

    This crazy bowl, actually is the best invention known to moms 😉

    they great for the little guy sitting in the back eating the cheerios, but it is also MOM SPILL PROOF!  Oh thank heavens for inventive minds out there.  We have a few different options in our home.  We have a cup that has a removable rubber top that is slit allowing the child to reach in, grab what he wants and it keeps all the other little snacks locked up tight.  It works great, until my son figured out how to pull the top off.  Now his carseat and the floor is filled with raisins, cheerios, chocolate covered raisins and goodness only knows what else…oh yea…that reminds me…I need to clean out his seat…:-P.  But at any rate, these things are amazing.  The Gyro Bowl is definitely one of a kind.  It turns with the child – and mom. Needless to say, we love this thing.

  3. Sippy Cup Leash – Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have had to reach in the back seat to retrieve a launched zippy cup or bottle – all you mamas feel me?!  Yea… SOO, about this amazing and ingenious craft idea for you crafty and non-crafty mamas to try out.  The Sippy Cup Leash keeps the cup near and dear to your toddler or babe.  Never again will you have to reach back with one hand to aimlessly search for the escaped zippy cup.  Avoid dangerous driving as well!  This mom provides detailed instructions on how to make your very own zippy cup strap.  Just follow the link here to access her blog.

These are my top three faves.  What your favorite get out gear items??  Share with me!