How to potty train your toddler in 1 day.

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Wow has this been a journey for Brandon, Bryce and I. Today I’m writing about how Brandon and I successfully potty trained our toddler in one day, while giving you tips that will hopefully help you out when you decide it’s time to potty train your little ones!
Let me start off by saying, THIS IS NOT MY ORIGINAL IDEA! Like most clueless moms/stepmoms, I found the help of other ladies from good ol Pinterest. I must have read 100+ articles on “How to potty train your toddler in a week!” “How to potty train in three days!” “ONE DAY POTTY TRAINING” you name it. What I’m going to share with you is the way Brandon as I decided to do it, and how it WORKED!
Every child is different, and as I’m sure you’ve heard – “Boys are so much harder to potty train.” Which in our scenario was not the case. HOWEVER, I’ve been told by many moms that it is true.
First thing first, your child must be ready themselves. You can’t just decide one day “I’m sick of changing diapers. You’re getting potty trained now!” Your toddler should be showing some interest in the potty, they should be uncomfortable in a wet/dirty diaper. Once they begin to understand when it’s time to ‘go’ is when you should begin your research.
Bryce has been ready, he sees his dad go to the potty and says “Dad, pee!” And puts his hands over himself. He usually just went right then and peed his diaper. So we decided now that we have him the entire spring break that potty training was our main goal! So now, here we go….

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR TODDLER IN 1 DAY

What you will need:

•A entire day free of any activities. (YOU MUST DEVOTE THIS ENTIRE DAY TO THE CHILD!)
•Underwear, lots of it.
•Pull -Ups for emergency.
•Books to read while on the toilet. Ex. A Potty For Me
•Juice and other fluids.
•Fruit to snack on. Ex. Watermelon, apples, grapes, oranges, pineapples.
•Child’s favorite stuffed animal or action figure.
•Blankets & towels.
• Toy box filled with all toys. (No video games or iPad or iPhone.)
•Toilet donut OR small toddler toilet.
• Potty chart with stickers.
• Treat jar (Optional if you do the sticker chart. Whatever motivates your child more!)
• PATIENCE, AND PLENTY OF IT!
•a positive attitude!

We started early that morning. Brandon was home the first shift while I was at work. We chose to start cold turkey. Meaning we tossed ALL diapers out and put him in underwear. Brandon explained to Bryce that when he had to pee or poop to let us know and we could take him to the potty. This is where their favorite stuffed animal/action figure comes in. This gives the child a visual on how to use their new potty.
“Uhh ohh- Iron Man has to pee! Iron man is a big boy and he uses the big boy potty!” Now you place Iron Man (or whatever) on the donut and allow the child to see. This will motivate them in some cases, Bryce saw his favorite hero using the potty which made him want to use his more.
What we found best was to take Bryce to the potty every 15-20 minutes. Yeah, you read that right. EVERY 15-20 minutes. We constantly asked him despite what he was doing “Do you have to potty?” Even if the answer is no, when that 15-20 minutes is up you need to take them to the potty. Sit the child down and have them sit for at least 10 minutes. During this period of time you should be reading to them. Always listen. If you hear even a slight trickle of pee you should always congratulate them. We chose at first the treat jar, small pieces of candy, but soon found out the potty chart & stickers was more rewarding for him. This motivated our toddler to want to go to the potty constantly. We encouraged and hugged and high fived every time he peed. Never down play a potty experience. If it’s a long pee, short pee, tiny trickle, small deer pellet poop, or a massive nuclear poop (haha sorry for the detail) you should ALWAYS celebrate and congratulate it. Let the child know how proud you are of them!
When not on the toilet, we gave Bryce nothing but fluids and fruits. This was to help him realize the sensation of having to ‘go’. We played with toys and always watched for signs that he have to pee and poop. Example: him hiding, him crossing legs, him touching his privates or butt. We did not allow any video games or iPad access to games. This distracts the toddler way to much from the goal. We did however allow movies. But paused every 15-20 minutes for bathroom breaks.
Accidents WILL happen! When they do, NEVER scorn them. This is why we had many towels on the ground where he sat. Help them change from the dirty underwear to a clean pair, an explain to them that it is OK! Everybody has accidents and it is alright. Still always encourage them to go to the potty.
I do not encourage Pull-Ups at all. The only reason we have pull-ups in the house is for emergencies. Such as emergency runs to the store for more juice. But always explain that If they need to potty to let you know. And the moment you get home you put them back in underwear. Also, we put our little one in a pull up at night but always explained that if he had to go that he needed to tell us. He has yet to pee in a pull up.
With this method you HAVE to be on top of your game, don’t leave them alone, always be doing hands on activities with them- reading, playing with toys. Don’t do your dishes, don’t cook a huge lunch or dinner, don’t leave your child in a room alone. I mean it when I say you must dedicate this entire day to your child. At times it will get frustrating, you will want to crawl in bed as throw your hands up In defeat and slap a diaper back on the kid. Don’t! You’re child WILL get it! After all you’ve never seen a kid go to college in a diaper right? It takes patience and a good attitude and lots of encouragement. As well as a village, everybody must be willing to go on with potty training, that includes both mom and dad, any step parents, grandmas and grandpas, babysitters, brothers and sister. Everybody! & you must always be consistent.

I hope that my small tips help you out in your journey of potty training and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below. I wrote this in a hurry so it may be sloppy! 🙂

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Cheesy Chicken Bacon Avocado Quesadillas

Okay, so Brandon came to me today and told me about this recipe that he wanted me to try. At first I was iffy because I’m not the biggest fan of avocado until now! He wrote on some paper “bacon, chicken, avocado, tortillas”. Simple right? Well of course I had to add a little bit more to the mixture, and it turned out GREAT! So I’m writing this blog to share with all my friends and family this delicious recipe step by step! Here we go-

Brandon’s Cheesy Ranch Chicken Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas!
(Long name, I’ll think of something better later!)

You will need:
• One package of raw chicken tenders (cut into small bite size pieces)
• One package of Colby Jack Shredded Cheese
• One avocado
• One package of Hidden Valley Dips Mix- The original Ranch
• Package of tortillas
• Bacon
• 2Tbs Butter (1 tbs for cooking chicken – 1 tbs for tortillas *possibly more for heating up tortillas)
• Salt & Pepper
• Onion Powder & Garlic Powder

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Step 1
After cutting the chicken into small bite size pieces I place them in a Tupperware and added about 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of onion powder, and about 2 Tbs of the hidden valley ranch mix. Putting the lid and sealing the Tupperware I let it sit for a few minutes.

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Step 2
This step I began cooking my bacon in a small pan untilk fully cooked. Once cooked, I chopped up the bacon into small pieces. During the time the bacon was cooking I cut my avocado into pieces and placed in a smaller Tupperware. Set aside.

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Step 3
Clean your pan you cooked the bacon with (I don’t like using a ton of pans and I clean as I go – otherwise just grab another pan). Place 1Tbs of butter in the pan and begin to cook your chicken. Once fully cooked place into a container and clean your pan again.

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Step 4
Now that all your ingredients are cooked you can now start assembling your quesadillas! Yay! This is totally simple.
First put a little bit of butter (optional) onto your clean pan and put your first tortilla down to heat up. (I only used one tortilla because I just fold mine over, but you can use two tortillas) then place some of your shredded cheese, chicken, avocado and bacon bits, onto your tortilla! Fold and wait till your cheese is melted and boom. Done.

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Finished product:

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This was so delicious, super easy, and I’m happy with how it turned out! I will defiantly be making this more often.
If you ever try this let me know what you think!! 😁

Vacationing With Your Toddler

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My husband and I love to travel. Before having our daughter, we would plan our next trip before our suitcases were even unpacked from the last. I have a travel bucket list about a mile long. There are so many places that I want to see, people I want to meet & foods that I want to taste. I don’t think I will have the time. We were going up until my 3rd trimester when we took an anniversary trip to Iceland.

travels.jpgWhen we had Mai, we both agreed that we would continue our travels with our little passenger in tow. We thought it would be a great learning experience for her as well as a great way to create memories & bonds for us as a family.

We just took our first big family vacation last week. Hubby, Mai, Nanna & I all took an 8 day cruise…

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17 and Baking Bad

I’m a huge fan of Breaking Bad and I will defiantly try this out this weekend! Thank you for this recepie!

17 and Baking

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They call it cooking meth, but really, it’s a lot more like baking.

My dad’s a cook. He’s the kind of person who makes Indian food without a recipe, who can guess every ingredient in a sauce from one taste. The kind of person who opens the fridge, laughs a deep belly laugh, and assures you “there’s a meal in there somewhere.”

He approaches food intuitively, which is why he’s never liked baking—it’s too precise. You can’t throw in a pinch of this, a pinch of that, eyeball a teaspoon of baking powder, and leave it in the oven until it looks done.

Walter White would be an incredible baker.

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Baking relies on precision. Four ounces of flour is always four ounces of flour. At the right temperature, butter and sugar become light and fluffy perfection in three minutes. I can make a sheet of cookies and recreate them a…

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Job hunting for the clueless.

Okay, this has to be one of my worst pet peeves. Job applications and job interviews. This entry is strictly what you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do when applying for a job. Which clearly many people don’t know how to do. So here are some of my very own tips on how to properly dress, ask, and approach a job situation.

Step ONE, after considering that it would be a good opportunity to get a job, make an actual day of going out and applying. Don’t just do it in a spur of the moment “OMG is that a now hiring sign? I MUST GO IN!” thing. Please take time to visit the store/restaurant/building and see what type of environment it is. Consider this:

-Would I enjoy shopping/eating here?
*chances are, you will be either wearing their clothes/eating this food for a while.
-Would I wear these clothes?
*Some stores require that you wear clothes that they carry in the store.
-Could I sell somebody on a certain item?
*retail jobs involve a lot of customer interaction and make commission. You need great people skills.
-Would I actually enjoy working in this place for a long period of time?
*hopefully you are in this for the long run, see if you would be happy in this environment.
-Do I work well with others?
*to have a better work experience you need to communicate and work well with others working around you.
-Am I a people person?
*every job you will ever have you will have to deal with people at one point
-What skills do I have that would help me out if I were to get this job?
*Do you have past experience in this field?
-What type or wardrobe are the employees wearing?
*this will let you know what you will have to wear if you get the job.

Step TWO, after setting a day for yourself to go get applications, clean yourself up. Take a shower, brush your hair, clean your nails, shave and or put on a tasteful amount of make-up.

Step THREE, pick out an appropriate outfit. Going back to step one you should have already visited this place and noticed the type of clothes the employees wear. If its a retail store, dress similar to the associates. If a restaurant in which they are wearing uniforms, nice dark jeans and a polo (men) or a simple plain dress shirt (Ladies) will do. If applying to a place where you dress in slacks/suits/etc, dress it up just a little more. Do NOT wear:

-Pajama pants
-Yoga pants
-Short shorts
-Tank tops
-Shirt with profanity
-Saggy pants
-Shirts that expose your boobs

Step FOUR, if able, print out a resume! People who turn in resumes come off more organized and professional.

Step FIVE, bring a folder or a binder with you. No place of employment wants to see you walk in with a handful of other stores applications. This shows that you are just looking for a job, ANY job you can get your hands on! You have no actual interest in bettering the company, but just getting  paycheck.

Step SIX, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT, go application hunting with your mother/father/friends/children/any family member. This is very unprofessional. Do not bring your parents with you, and do not allow them to speak for you. EXAMPLE: “My daughter needs a job and I need to know what hours you are hiring and what shes gonna get paid.” Nothing will get your application thrown in the back of the pile faster then this. Do not bring your children either. You will not get brownie points, sorry. Most places judge you on your resume, skills, and ability to work. Not if you have a cute kid.

Step SEVEN, be confident. Usually ask if a manager is working and if you may speak with them, this will leave a good impression and hopefully get them to remember you. Shake hands and introduce yourself. Ask of course if they are hiring, and if so, if they have physical applications or if you have to apply online. (Most places now a days do online applications, but it is always good to go in person so when you turn in your online application they will remember your name.) Thank them for their time and TAKE THE APPLICATION WITH YOU! Do not fill it out in their store! Do not ask how much you will get paid, what hours and days you will be working, and what kind of discount you will get. This will be discussed if you get the job.

Step EIGHT, give them about 4-5 days and call them to check up on your application.

 

Like I said these are a few of my own tips. Haha I’m done with my rant now.

DIY chevron-ish wall painting.

I found something similar on Pinterest today an gave it my own twist. First I collected all my supplies, acrylic paints of my choice (red, orange, yellow, white, blue, and black) a canvas, painters tape, paintbrushes, and a wooden A (for Alvarado of course!)

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Then I painted random splotches of different colors, overlapping wherever I wanted. After it dried I placed tape in a chevron pattern and painted over it all with white. I put two coats of white to make sure the color did not show through. (I also painted the A black as it dried)

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After the paint was all dried, I peeled the tape off the canvas. Hot glued the A into the middle and viola! Mounted it to the wall! The white paint did not stick well and peeled away a bit when the tape was remove but I like the messy look it added to the finished product.

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New blog to help me out.

      I have been wanting to start a blog for a long time now. I don’t really think anybody will care much to read what I have to say but this is for my personal stuff. I need a way to vent in a healthy way about what is on my mind from day to day. I have dealt with a lot in my life and my life has never been very easy. Some days are just harder then usual. Being so young, trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, pursuing it, all while dealing with stresses such as being a soon to be step mom, a blog seemed like a good idea. So here you go, this is my blog, my own story (if there is one!) to help me get through the struggles that I face. I will post crafts I do, vent about the day, what it’s like being a young step mom, just about anything I want really. So I hope you enjoy my blog about whatever the hell I decide to post.

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