Lessons from My Three Year Old

In case you missed it, Adaya is now three years old, and for those of you that thought the difficult years ended at two, guess again! The thing about being a three year old is that not only do you have a huge personality, but you have the vocabulary to make that big personality shine. Honestly, there are moments where I think that I am being secretly taped for a parenting reality show where I am pretty sure I am the first person that would be kicked off the show.

Regardless of it all, I have to admit that I love watching her grow and develop and truth be told, I see myself in her every single day. Age three has been quit the journey and I am only a month and some into it. Here are my favorite lessons from my three year old:

  1. The best way to distract from being discipline is to explain how much you love the person that is about to discipline you. Beg for a hug, ask for a kiss. They will completely forget. 
  2. If you ask for something long enough you will fall asleep. 
  3. Secret language conversations are usually the most productive. 
  4. All electronics are your kids and should be equipped to watch cartoons at their leisure. 
  5. Strawberries, water and cartoons are the best way to do any 30- minute chore. 
  6. Kids are like parrots, except their vocabulary is much more extensive. 
  7. Road rage can be transferred even to your toddler (remind me to tell you about the driver at the red light two days ago). 
  8. The best way to get a toddler to want something, is to offer it to her cousin.
  9. Best friends are not one in a million. 
  10. The saying "this is just a phase" Is a LIE.

All else aside, I love watching her grow up and hearing the adventures of her mind. From who she considers to be her best friend this month to why she don't like pigs, each year is even more adventurous than the year before.  What new experiences are you having as your kids embrace a new year? Be sure to share and comment below. 

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Guest Post: Small Budget Cleaning Tips

As we prepare to take the kids back to school and wrap up summer, what better way to do so than by doing a summer clean up! Today we have Hally Bertram sharing Small Budget Cleaning Tips for moms preparing for back to school. Make cleaning easy, effective and low budget with these helpful tips!


Cleaning on a budget is the easiest thing in the world. Come on, no need to be embarrassed – we've all been there. And even if you're simply looking for cost-effective solutions not because you have a small budget, but because you want to save, it's OK again. Cleaning doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. There is much you can do with products I'm sure you have in your kitchen right now. Don't accept what big companies are telling you – that it's only their products that can solve your problems. That's not true. You can solve your cleaning problems alone, on a budget, with just a bit of help from Clean Carpet London. This is why it's great to live in the Information age – all you need is at the top of your fingers at all time. Just like all you need to clean is in your kitchen right now. Speaking of which...

Window cleaning
OK, Windex, we get it. You're quite popular, no doubt about it. But you are not the only dog in town and your popularity is completely irrelevant. You know what? We don't even need to buy window cleaning solutions when we want excellent results and shiny windows. Do you know why? Because we have vinegar!

That's right, folks, when it comes to window, you can hardly ever go wrong with white vinegar. Just  find an empty spray bottle and pour 1 part distilled white vinegar to 2 parts warm water. Then close and shake. You're done. Your window cleaning spray is ready. Just apply on the window and clean with a microfiber cloth.

Oh, you don't have white vinegar? Don't run off to the store, yet. There is an alternative to vinegar you might have in handy. It's a little something called lemon juice – you might have heard of it. That's right, follow the same formula as the white vinegar solution, but replace vinegar with lemon juice.If there is something tougher you need to clean (like, for example the glass door of the bathroom), you need a bigger kick. Lucky for you, I've got you covered. Just add some rubbing alcohol to the solution and it will become much stronger.

All-purpose cleaner
But maybe you don't care too much about window cleaning, right? Maybe your problem lies elsewhere. That doesn't matter , because your kitchen comes to the rescue again. You see, vinegar is not only good for window cleaning. It actually has acidic properties, so it's a pretty effective cleaner overall. All you need to do in order to turn it into an all-purpose cleaner is to mix it with some baking soda in order to make a paste.

Estimate how much of the paste you will need. Then pour some white vinegar in a bowl and add an appropriate amount of baking soda. You can also add some liquid dish soap if you want, but that is strictly optional. The paste that formed will serve as an all-purpose cleaner. It can be used to clean almost anything in your home – you name it, it can clean it. Whether we are talking about carpets, tiles, tables, clothes, this solution can deal with almost anything.

Air Freshener
What is a clean home if you don't use an air freshener? And forget about the cheap chemicals you get from the store. I'm talking about the real deal. Here, you will need water, a natural essence oil (mint, eucalyptus, orange, whatever you want the solution to smell like) and some baking soda. As you know, oils aren't water soluble. But soda is, which is why you will place two spoons of soda in a bowl and then you will add 20-30 drops of oil (depending on the concentration you want) and you will mix them. When the mixture is done, place in a spray bottle, add warm water and shake up. Put a label on the bottle, just in case, and you can use it to freshen the air any time.

Hally is working at Clean Carpet London . It is very important to keep a clean and organized home for her.

Litte Passports Review and Unboxing

Nothing beats a good subscription box like one that comes in really cool packaging that can be repurposed! A couple months ago I started searching for monthly subscription box ideas for my daughter because she wanted to get surprises every month like I did. While I knew makeup was a bad idea and food would go bad too soon, I was excited when I came across Little Passports Subscription fun. To be completely honest, I think I was more excited than she was!

Created by two moms that wanted to find a new way to teach their kids about other countries and the 50 United States of America, this subscription box shares the world with your kids in an engaging and creative way! Ideal for toddlers and kids, the monthly travel packages includes letters, souvenirs, activities and online games for your kids to enjoy. Parents have a choice between the World Edition which covers new countries or the US Edition which features two US cities per month. For my initial box, I went with the World Edition and it including a cute little passport, a map of the world (which is now being used as wall d├ęcor), a post card from Sam and Sophia, a boarding ass that gives access to addition fun online, a personalized letter and a brochure of different paces including India, Argentina and China.

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We fell in love with this subscription for we opened the box and having the map hung is a constant reminder of my love for travel. In fact I have discovered so many new places I would love to visit some day just through reading and learning with my kid. I encourage you to let your kids travel the world together with Sam and Sophia, learn about new culture, new traditions and become knowledgeable about the beautiful world in which we reside!
 
For more information on how it works, visit Little Passports. What are your kid's favorite subscription boxes? Be sure to check back next month for a new unboxing and review of the Little Passports subscription box. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for weekly updates!
 

Emotionally Preparing Kids for School- Guest Post Lady Lilith + BTS Printable

This guest post was written by Lady Lilith over at Little Lady Plays.  Lilith frequents Anni's Bubble and has been gracious enough to share with my readers some really helpful tips on preparing for Back to School. Little Lady Plays is a blog dedicated to reviewing and sharing honest opinions about products for both moms and kids. Be sure to check her out!

Helping Kids Prepare for Back to School 

As the new school year approaches, many kids will be starting school for the first time. Going to a school for the first time can be both exciting and stressful for your little one. Here are some helpful tips to make the big day a fun experience

Talk to your little one about their first day of school. Let them know what to expect. This is all new to them and being prepared will make the transition a little easier. You can tell them some basics like circle time and crafts or you can go into greater details like the name of the teacher and some friends that they know from the neighborhood.

Once they have a basic idea, ask them how they feel about school. While some kids get all excited for the change, others will not. I know one girl who panicked. She told her mother she was scared of leaving home.

Now that all the feelings are out in the open, try helping your little one understand them. If your child is excited, ask them what makes them so happy this is a good feeling and you want to keep it alive. If your child is scared, let them express themselves and find ways to help them. For some letting them keep a family picture in their bag is all they need. For others additional help from the teacher might be needed.

Here is my favorite part. Go shopping! Take your tot to the store with a picture list of what they need and let them shop. They will be so happy and feel so grownup. Here is a sample list. I use outlined images so kids can start off coloring them at home. You can go over what they need and the colors they might like. Being familiar with their lists will only make the experience pleasing for both of you.



As you label all the items, let your little one put them in their bags the way they like. Try doing it the night before school. You want to try to keep the excitement as fresh as possible for the first day.Going to school for the first time should be an exciting process for your kids. The more they are prepared, the better their first day will be.

How was your little ones first day of school? How did you help ease them into the big day?

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Lady Lilith spends most of her days surrounded by kids. In addition to her two girls, she works with kids of all abilities. The one thing that every kid has in common is the need to learn through hands on experiences. Lady Lilith has dedicated her blog and work to helping others make learning and education fun. 

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