Five on Friday!

We have one heck of a celebratory weekend ahead! Today is Matt’s birthday and Monday is Thomas’ birthday!



two. My sister got promoted at work! To celebrate I sent a Piñatagram to her office. How fun is that colorful piñata!? And it is filled with…wait for it…CANDY! I just discovered pinatagrams and think they are the coolest surprise ever to receive in the mail. The piñata arrives outside of a box with a custom message and is the happiest little gift.

three. I confess I have a bit of an obsession with delicious smelling hand soap. I usually stock up on soaps from Bath & Body Works when they run ridiculous sales. Anyway, Matt could care less what our soaps smell like so I thought it was worth mentioned to you all that he recently declared he has an all time favorite hand soap scent – Sea Salt Citrus. Normally I don’t go as far as fruity or citrusy soaps but this one, oh man, it really is THE best scent of ALL TIME. And for Matt to notice, that says a lot! It’s on sale at B&BW for $3.25 right now but if you miss the boat or want this soap within the next two days you can find it here too.

four. One of my favorite things to share on the blog is new products! I recently received a coupon to try out Johnsonville’s new chicken kabobs. I actually had no idea that Johnsonville made more than sausage so I was interested to see what their new chicken kabobs were all about. The flavorful line includes four varieties including lemon and herb, teriyaki, sweet BBQ and sweet chili lime. I picked up the lemon and herb flavor for our 4th of July grill out! The convenience of purchasing marinaded kabobs just a few hours before our party was so nice! We threw them on the grill with some hotdogs and everyone was really impressed with how tasty they were! I am definitely going to try out the other flavors next!

“I naughty” – Caroline Grace (during a conversation about her recent bed time bad habit)

five. HELP! We have been going through a new ummm “phase” with Caroline recently that I am desperate for some advice on. On a good night we get Caroline to bed around 7:30 pm’ish. Most nights she will stay up for almost two hours singing to her dolls, playing with her stuffed animals, asking for water, screaming “I looooooove yoooouuu” and so on. All that is fine and we just ignore her until she falls asleep, usually around 9 pm. However, things have taken a turn for the worst the past few weeks. Once Caroline has run out of things to do in her crib she’s been stripping herself out of her pajamas and removing her diaper. She thinks it’s hilarious until she needs to potty and pees in her crib. Then she cries and screams for us until we go in, strip her bed, redress her and tuck her back in. Talking to her about it in a calm (or not so calm) voice doesn’t phase her, zipping her up backwards in onesie jammies didn’t work and I don’t think she’d care enough about a reward system by the next morning. Has anyone else gone through this and have any tricks or advice? We are not above creative bribery! HELP!


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  1. Rachel Emily
    July 8, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Pinatagrams sounds like the most fun mail, ever! And only $20?! What will they think of next? I'm sorry you're having a rough time with Caroline right now. I've never parented a toddler so I've got zero advice BUT I do have encouragement so hang in there mama! This stage won't last forever and you'll find a solution!!

  2. Kathleen
    July 8, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Both my kids did that. Who knows why. My daughter wore zip up pjs. We literally duct taped the top of her pjs and duct tape her diaper. It sounds crazy but it prevented her from getting the pjs and the diaper off. Good luck. This too shall pass. I promise.

  3. Rachel
    July 8, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Buy a ballet leotard and put it on over the backward zip up pajamas!

  4. Danielle Siero
    July 8, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    First off… whats a pinatagram!? I want one!! <>. Second sorry to hear about your bedtime woes. Have you tried using a cloth diaper cover over the diaper? One with snaps? While it won't prevent her from stripping… it may at least keep her diaper on? Good luck!!

  5. Megan
    July 8, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Loving this piรฑata gram thing!!!!! Cannot wait to send one!!!! And who knew Johnsonville had chicken options – so great! As for Caroline, I nannied for a family a few years ago in the same situation. Their sweet little girl was the same age as Caroline and did the same thing – so, it was duct tape to the rescue. Duct tape the diaper and little fingers can't grab the tabs. The backwards pjs helped as log as they still had the button clasp over the zipper part because she couldn't unbutton, only unzip. Good luck!!!!

  6. Brittney Coburn
    July 8, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    My daughter is two weeks younger than Caroline, and we just moved her bedtime from 7:30-8 to 8:30-9. She kind of told us she was ready for a later bedtime. She's reasonably pleasant leading up to it and then falls asleep much quicker when we do put her in her crib.

  7. Liz Jo
    July 8, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    You know from the very beginning our child has always been an easy sleeper. HOWEVER, she has gone through phases where she decides what she wants to do instead of going to bed, and like Caroline one of it is the singing (or talking), and playing with toys. One thing that I've found works best for getting my daughter to sleep better is to wear her out. Sometimes we go over to the neighbors house to swim, sometimes it's crazy jumping/dancing for 15 minutes, something!Then another thing we've tried is "favorite clothes" She can pick out whatever combination of garish clothing she wants and wear that to bed, and usually she is more inclined on keeping it on. Although that ended up not working as well as I hoped, since now she wants to wear them ALL THE TIME! So we have to have back up favorites too. With the favorites clothing she is less likely to take them off.We've also pushed bed time back as well. My usual guide is 12 hours after she's woken up for the day, regardless of nap time, unless nap time didn't happen then it's usually about 10 hours. And that has helped with the reduced amount of time that she's up in her crib.Does it matter what diaper Caroline wears to bed? We tried for one night to switch Sophie into pull ups instead of diapers so they wouldn't rip as easily when she tried to open them (and then she refused to wear diapers, good thing we're potty training). I found those were really helpful in stopping diaper openings.could reducing the amount of toys and babies she has in there help? Or having soothing music play? We've always rocked our daughter before putting her in the crib and then playing her nighttime song and sometimes that helps…sometimes.All in all, I hope some of these work for you. And sorry for writing a novel!

  8. Kate
    July 8, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Duct tape. Works like a charm ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Hanging with the Hirsts
    July 8, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Happy Birthday to Matt and Thomas!! Can't believe Thomas will be 1! Those pinatagrams are so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Erika Powell
    July 8, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Why am I just now learning that a Pinatagram is a thing? That is amazing!

  11. Just Jess
    July 8, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I love that soap, too! Also, I now need to send Pinatagrams to everyone. Jess at Just Jess

  12. Christina
    July 8, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    that picture of caroline is too cute! and i'm so glad you posted about the pinatagram. amazing idea!

  13. Lee
    July 8, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    We took old feetie pajamas and then cut the bottoms off and put them on backwards.

  14. Sara
    July 8, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Love the pinatagram. How cute! And Happy Birthday to Matt and Thomas!On the bedtime issue, have you tried maybe cutting her nap down or even out completely? I know that sounds crazy, but my oldest did this around 2.5. We cut out his nap and he went to bed much better because he was so tired from the day. Even now (he's 7), he requires less sleep than anyone in our house. We call him the Energizer Bunny because he.never.stops. I also agree with wearing them out before bedtime. Maybe have Caroline run races with you when y'all take your evening wagon stroll?? Or dance along side you as you pull Thomas in the wagon?? I also noticed with my kids that they seemed to get a huge burst of energy after their baths. No idea why. But, we moved their bath times up and it helped as well. Good luck! It's amazing how many "phases" kids go through…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Kate
    July 8, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I can't believe I'd never heard of Pinatagrams – I just sent one to a friend for her birthday. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Genevieve Hughes Graham
    July 8, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    How cute is that sweet picture with the bow bigger than her?! Love. it! Also, hunting down that soap!Have a great weekend!

  17. Cupcakes and Curls
    July 9, 2016 / 12:24 am

    We have that soap in our kitchen and I've already bought more just in case it disappears! I have no advice for the sleeping drama but I'm loving the suggestions for duct tape. My daughter is Caroline's age and LOVES to whip her diaper off and run around peeing on the floor when I take my eyes off her for two seconds. So glad I'm not the only one with diaper drama! Her pouty picture is just precious.

  18. Vanessa
    July 9, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Hope yall have a great weekend celebrating! And I've had several friends who have resorted to duct taping their little's diapers on. Sounds crazy, but it works! When Arden started staying up in her room for hours, we eventually moved her bedtime back a little and that definitely helped. Good luck!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    July 9, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    How cute is that pinatagram?? Oh no friend, I would be at a complete loss with little Caroline?! I am so sorry!! x

  20. Unknown
    July 10, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    When my kids started doing this…being awake far past when they normally went to sleep…it meant they were outgrowing the need for an afternoon nap. Some of my kids were 3-4 and still needing a nap, and others were around age 2 that they stopped napping.

  21. Lauren Honeycutt
    July 11, 2016 / 1:06 am

    Pinatagrams???? They look amazing! I'm definitely going to start sending them!

  22. Loren Lately
    July 11, 2016 / 1:07 am

    I was going to say try the pajamas on backwards but if that didn't work… YIKES. I am not sure. Good luck and keep us posted how things turn out.

  23. Julie @ Just the Joy's
    July 11, 2016 / 2:00 am

    Piรฑata gram is so fun! Thanks for sharing! I'm sorry to hear about the new bed time phase with Caroline. Although that picture is adorable! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I haven't experienced such a thing (yet) but I'd have to agree with the duct tape suggestion and/or a later bedtime! Good luck! Happy birthday to Matt and Thomas!

  24. cekharris
    July 11, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Have you tried a sleep sack? I know it seems crazy, but we kept our oldest in one until she was almost 3. I swear it helped her not try to climb out, and she never got the opportunity to take off her diaper! When she got crafty and could wiggle her foot out of it, we put it on her backwards! Good luck!

  25. Amanda Goins
    July 12, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    First off, Happy Birthday to Matt & Thomas! Secondly, the diaper thing, we are going through the same thing with our Son, 18 months. We have started potty training (no real success yet) him, just accustoming him to the potty, sitting still, etc. I would highly recommend starting her now and getting her interested in a potty, with stickers as a reward.

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