February 26, 2014

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Review of The Potty Stool

21DxYA2pToLThis product is amazing!!! I am recommending this to everyone!

Recently, I purchased this potty stool on Amazon. I have to admit, I was really turned off by the price – $160 bucks (inc. shipping) is way more then I paid for any other potty training item to date. However, my husband and I were so worried about my son getting hurt, that I caved and bought this.

Now for the great things:

  • First, it is so easy to set up – only 3 pieces; 1 base and 2 side pieces which slide together like a puzzle. It was so easy that I put it together in 3 seconds – without my husband!
  • Second, the potty stool itself is very durable. I was surprised by how heavy it was and am glad because that means no 2 1/2 year old carrying it around the house.
  • Third, I love the handrails on each side. This means no falls! My son face planted into the toilet recently (on the two step Graco stool) which resulted in a doctor’s visit.
  • And fourth, my son immediately climbed on the wide platform, turned and pulled down his pants, then sat on the potty all by himself. He even smiled! Yay! So, lots of great things about this potty stool.

So far, the only negatives are the price – kind of expensive (however for how heavy it is, I understand the pricing and it is made in the USA) – and that my son’s tip toes touch (not his entire foot). We use the Baby Bjorn potty seat which is higher than most other potty seats so this could be part of the reason why his feet don’t touch all the way.

But being honest, I am so very glad we got this potty stool. I feel comfortable now letting my son have his bathroom door open during the night. I will be recommending this product to everyone!

This review is from: The Potty Stool for Toddler Toilet Training Step Stool (Baby Product)

Jayme

Jayme M. Carleton, Second Nature
Making Sustainability Second Nature™
http://jaymecarleton.com

 

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February 19, 2014

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My Freecycle Obsession

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Yes, it’s true. I have an obsession. It’s called Freecycle. You’ve never heard of it?!? Freecycling, or free recycling, is the act of giving away usable unwanted items to others instead of disposing of them in landfills.

It is a super cool FREE online forum which allows you to give away and receive household items, gardening supplies, plants, food, clothing, toys, etc. for free! I list all of the kids’ stuff on there when I am done with it and I receive a lot of books, toys and clothing through the generosity of others.

Some of the things I’ve Freecycled recently – an outdoor BBQ, rugs, fabric for sewing, art supplies, dog supplies, plants, dirt, tree branches (I’m serious!), vegetables from my gardens, kitchen utensils, toys, clothing… I could keep going on.

Some of the things I’ve received from group members – kids clothing (thank goodness!), toys (a play kitchen, indoor slide, other big ticket items), books, fabric for sewing, ladder, plants.

Pretty much how it works is you post on the forum either offering something or wanting something. People respond to you through the website however it is routed to your personal email. Then you arrange a time to pick it up. Normally, I have the hubby pick things up for me on this way home from work. It is super easy.

If this has peaked your curiosity, please check out the website at https://www.freecycle.org/ and look for a group in your area. Trust me, this is awesome! Not only are you able to give your stuff away to others who will re-use it, you can also receive items you need AND reduce what goes to the landfills. LOVE THIS!

Jayme

Jayme M. Carleton, Second Nature
Making Sustainability Second Nature™
http://jaymecarleton.com

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February 14, 2014

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Playdough Valentine’s for Toddlers

Since I had such a great time making Kim’s playdoh recipe, I decided that I wanted to make another batch for Thomas and Fern’s Valentine’s exchange party. I made three batches of playdoh in about 1 hour. This made 26 balls. However, I needed 33 balls now told 39 balls! so I ended up making […]

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February 11, 2014

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Perfect Playdoh Recipe

My cousin Kim is probably one of the most amazing women I know. Not only does she have three kids, she runs a preschool from her home! OMG!!! With my two rugrats there are times when I have zero energy to move; I just don’t know how she does it. I recently asked Kim to […]

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February 7, 2014

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Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

Now that my kids are getting a little older, I wanted to make a little treat for them. Ok, a little mailbox to hold their treats. When I saw these plain mailboxes at Target, I knew just what I would do! I first thought that I would only put these out on Valentine’s Day, however, […]

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January 31, 2014

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Toddler Busy Bag Activity – Mr. Potato Head

Since my busy bag swap was such a success, another group has decided to do one as well. They graciously invited me to join in the fun. For this swap, I decided to go a little more intensive and I made a Mr. Potato Head project. When I looked on the web and Pinterest for […]

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September 2, 2013

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Toddler Busy Bag Swap

Now that my little man is getting so independent and into everything, I have come up with a bunch of ideas to keep him out of trouble. I hosted a busy bag swap a few weeks ago with some other mamas in the area and we came away with a bunch of new rainy-day / […]

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November 7, 2012

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Freebies! A little goes a long way…

I have come across a few freebies during my couponing research and want to pass them on to my fellow readers. If you are just getting into couponing and want to join the freebie rage then I highly suggest you start a new email account (I used gmail) and use an email address like “couponerjoe@gmail.com”. […]

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October 31, 2012

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Couponing Has Struck Home

So, I have started to get into “couponing”. I know, sounds scary and I have to admit, I am a little. I’ve been doing a lot of research and found a great website called the Krazy Coupon Lady which offers beginner advice. I want to share it with you in case one of you wants […]

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October 24, 2012

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Baby Signing Time

I was referred to the  Baby Signing  Time series by my sister-in-law before my son was born. She mentioned that the program had helped her kids express themselves during the hard moments of toddlerhood. When they couldn’t speak and were having a tantrum, they would preform one sign and she would acknowledge the sign and […]

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