Chaos Is Bliss Weekly Wrap-Up (8/23/14)

by Ann-Marie on August 23, 2014

Weekly wrap-up

Did you miss any hot deals, superbly written content or other fun posts for this week on Chaos Is Bliss? Here’s your Weekly Wrap-up for the week ending August 23, 2014:


Retail, Restaurant & Grocery Deals

Online Shopping Deals

Family Life

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Shopkick Rewards

by Ann-Marie on August 23, 2014

How many times a week do you pop into Target?

Do you run errands on your lunch hour – quick shopping trips, or maybe to make a few returns?

Earn rewards when you walk into your favorite store. Even without purchasing a thing.

There’s an app for that.

It’s called Shopkick.

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Potty Training Tips + Kandoo Twitter Party

by Ann-Marie on August 22, 2014

This post is sponsored by Kandoo. All thoughts are mine and participating bloggers. See my disclosure policy for more info.

Best Potty Training Tips

UPDATE: Be sure to read through the bottom for a giveaway opportunity just launched!

Potty training can be a nightmare! Of our three children, my middle-child son by far took the longest. Even his youngest sister who had low muscle tone, trained with very few accidents. When we were going through potty training, it helped to have mom friends I could turn to for advice and tips.

I was invited to weigh in with the Moms Check In crew (5 moms, 5 opinions!) this week on potty training tips.

Moms Check In

Sweet Pennies from Heaven

Waiting to potty train when your kiddo is showing signs that they’re ready is key! When they’re waking up dry, that’s a first good indication that they might be ready. Buy some super cute big girl or big boy underwear, maybe even with some of their favorite characters on them. Stickers….kids love stickers! Keep a sticker chart in the bathroom and give them a sticker for each time that they go potty!! One more thing….pretend that their favorite doll or action figure is going potty too. Cheer on the doll/action figure, and give THEM a sticker as well. The kids might be like, “Hey! I want you to cheer for me and give ME a sticker too!”.

- Jenni is the mom of one and the author of Sweet Pennies From Heaven. A hearth and home website, Sweet Pennies From Heaven focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home. Follow her on Twitter here!

See Mom Click

Consistency! Potty training was most challenging for me just because of the effort it required to stick with it. But when you’re really ready and your child is too, get them on the pot every hour or so to at least try to go. Set a timer if that helps you remember. Mine both learned faster when we stayed home for a few days and made it a point to get on the potty to try to go every hour throughout the day. And be patient. They always learn eventually!

- Lindsay is the mom of 2 and author of See Mom Click. She shares great deals, Disney happenings and recipes. You can follow her on Twitter here!

Spaceships and Laser Beams

My best potty training tip is strike a balance: don’t press toddlers too hard and once you start training, just keep charging through and it WILL get better! A helpful tip for boys that I received from an experiences mom is to put a square of toilet paper in the toilet: tell them to sink the ship!

- Stephanie is the mom to Sam and the author of Spaceships and Laser Beams. If you ever need party ideas her site is the place to visit! Specializing in all things boy, it’s full of inspiration! Follow her on Twitter here!


It's a Fabulous Life

I’ll be honest, potty training was a nightmare for us. My son wanted NOTHING to do with it. I remember going to the store saying “This is the last time I’m buying diapers. You will have to go on the potty.” And of course I was back buying more the next week. My son was 3 1/2 before he was potty trained! BUT one morning he woke up and said he wanted to wear big boy underwear to school. I was so excited. We had tried wearing underwear before (both by themselves and over his diaper) but he had never initiated it! He went all day without an accident!!! And then, slept through the night. No accidents. And then all week without an accident! I’m sure he could have done it earlier, but he wasn’t ready. So, my advice is to talk about it (a lot!) and take cues from your child when they are ready!

- Amanda is the mom to Joshua and owns It’s a Fabulous Life. If you are looking for a one stop place for all things mom, It’s a Fabulous Life is it! Full of recipes, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and parenting articles it’s the place for all of Mom’s favorites to come together! Follow her on Twitter here!

Ann-Marie Rohe

Let them watch you go potty. “Ew!” I know, right? But here’s how it worked for us: When my oldest was potty training, we rewarded with M&M’s. One day while we were both in the kids’ bathroom, I said I wanted to go potty. I did, without asking her to leave the room, and I rewarded myself with M&M’s. Wouldn’t you know, she decides SHE wants to go potty, and had success! And M&M’s.

- I launched Chaos Is Bliss in 2010 to share money-saving deals, family-favorite recipes, and family fun. I’m the mom of 3 awesome kids! You can find me on Twitter here!

Potty Training Twitter Party

WAIT! We aren’t done! Next Thursday, August 28th from 1-2 pm EST we will be having a Twitter Party talking all about potty training! Make sure you RSVP below to let us know you are coming! It will be lots of fun and Kandoo will be giving away tons of prizes including four $25 Walmart gift cards and one $100 Walmart gift card! YOU MUST RSVP AND BE AT THE PARTY TO WIN!

Make sure to follow all of your hosts so you don’t miss anything! Also, be sure to use #KandooKids during the party!
Moms Check In
Sweet Pennies From Heaven (Jenni)
See Mom Click (Lindsay)
Spaceships And Laser Beams (Stephanie)
It’s a Fabulous Life (Amanda)
Chaos Is Bliss (Ann-Marie)

Potty Training Tool Kit

Kandoo has a full line of products for children to help get clean! Products include flushable wipes, soaps, body wash, shampoo, detangler, bubble bath and hand sanitizer! Easy to use and with fun mascots and scents, Kandoo products are perfect for all kiddos! But not only do they have amazing products, but their website is FULL of great information! Their most recent addition to their site is a great (and FREE!) downloadable potty training tool kit! It includes a potty training guide with a fun story where kids can learn how Didit becomes a Potty Hero. There is also a bathroom time chart, door hanger and certificate. It’s full of great tips and information for parents too! You can download it for free here!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday, August 28 from 1-2 PM (Eastern) for the #KandooKids Twitter Party where you can win one of 5 Walmart gift cards! See you there!

Want another chance to win in addition to the Twitter party?

  • Check Kandoo Kids for your chance at a $100 Walmart gift card and fun Kandoo potty training prizes!

What are YOUR potty training tips? Share in a comment what you loved – or loathed – about potty training!

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