August 3, 2015

Gaining the Confidence Needed for Potty Training with GoodNites TruFit Undies

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Tell me I'm not alone in the potty training thing. She's 4. You would think by now, she'd get it and maybe that's the hardest part, she was already potty trained. I'm talking sleeping through the night in 'big girl underwear with no accidents' potty trained. And then we had her baby brother and it's like she had no idea what a toilet was anymore. 

It was a long year after that. Peeing on the carpet, on the chair, in her bed, in our bed, at school... I brought her to the doctor because I was concerned something was wrong with her because it was so bad. She would scream because she didn't want "baby pull on diapers" but if we didn't put something on her, it was basically a guaranteed mess. 



The past 3 months have gone much better. She goes in the toilet during the day 90% of the time but will still have a problem once a day or every other day. Our biggest problem is bed time.  She wants to wear her 'big girl undies' but I am really sick of washing bed sheets every morning so I was thrilled when I went to CVS to pick up some snacks and stumbled upon the GoodNites TruFit Starter Pack, which is not like a diaper, but was actual fabric underwear with a disposable absorbent insert. I quickly checked out their Facebook page and Twitter feed to see what others had to say about them and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive so I figured we could try them out! It was the perfect way to keep her happy in real underwear without me having to change bed sheets every day!


I brought them home to her and crossed my fingers. She loved them immediately!  She loved that they were purple and matched her t-shirt.  At bedtime, I loved that we didn't have a fight; she happily put on her 'night time undies' and crawled into bed!


The next morning, she came running into my room (at 6:20 am mind you....) yelling "Mommy, my bed is dry!!"; she was so excited and proud of herself! All day she walked around with a confident little swagger because her bed was dry when she woke up. The next night, she brought another pair of the GoodNites TruFit underwear to me and asked me to help her put on her night time undies.  The look on my husband's face as she did a "fashion show" in her new real underwear was priceless! My little girl is so confident in herself and her ability to NOT wet the bed, it's amazing! I know that the confidence she is getting from her GoodNites TruFit underwear is what is helping her conquer this potty training thing!



She loves her special underwear so much that she leaves her favorite ice queen in charge of protecting the package of inserts. I know I overheard her telling her little brother that he would be 'frozen to ice' if he tried to take them! How cute!


I know it will still take a little time so I'm excited that I can get a coupon to save even more (you can grab that coupon here or here) as we continue working on being completely accident free! 

So, am I the only one? How's potty training going for you? Could GoodNites TruFit Starter Pack help your little one gain the confidence they need to conquer the world.. I mean... potty training?



July 24, 2015

DIY Vera Bradley and Lilly Pulitzer Disney shirts!


If you Etsy search "Disney shirts" there are about 4200 that come up. Most are at $15+ a piece and if you get into any of the designer fabrics, $25+ a piece,  and I'm far too cheap for that.  I figured I could easily make my own. 

I knew I wanted Lilly fabric Minnie heads for myself, my sisters and the Princess so I had to find the fabric first! Both poshmark and Etsy had people selling 5x5" squares which will do a whole mickey head. I purchased both Vera Bradley licensed fabric and Lilly Pulitzer fabrics, but you could use any type!

I found a Mickey head shape and created a template out of cardboard.

Then I followed the directions on a package of Heat N Bond to attach the fabric to the Heat N Bond.  With the fabric side down, I traced the Mickey template onto the Heat N Bond side and cut along the lines.  Continue to follow the directions, I had to remove the paper and flip so the fabric was on the top again and ironed the fabric to my shirts.

The fabric was only a few dollars off etsy, the Heat N Bond was only $2 and the tank tops and shirts were less than $4 from Walmart!
Way more affordable than ordering a completed shirt off Etsy or Ebay!

You can check out all the shirts I made in my instagram feed!

A photo posted by Heather (@heathgiff) on

A photo posted by Heather (@heathgiff) on



July 22, 2015

Mister by the Sea: Funko Pops


Hello again, this is my second go at this blogging thing; I hope everyone liked my little piece on Loot Crate. With that being said I am here to introduce you into the world of FUNKO Pop! Vinyls. I got my first Pop! from my Loot Crate subscription and I instantly became hooked. They hold over 150 licenses including Disney, Walking Dead, Marvel, DC Comics and so many more.  

I collect Marvel and Star Wars with a separate collection of The Arrow and Flash because they are amazing, and even though my wife says she hates me for it, I think she secretly likes her Disney Princess collection more than she likes to admit. They come in all different shapes and sizes, the standard size POP! Is 4” and they get as big as 6” but they also make minis which normally stand 2” on average.
  

They are considered toys by most common folk, but if you ask any POP! Collector, they are very much collectables. When it comes to collecting, it is all about the exclusive stickers. All of the different types of exclusive stickers can be found on www.hollywoodgonegeek.com.  



I have gotten most of my collection through trades on various Facebook groups, and websites such as Gemini Collectibles and Fugitive Toys. Local stores that sell them are Hot Topic and FYE. 

Every year the state of San Diego holds the Comic Cons of all Comic Cons. During this 3 day event men, women, and small children flock to see the celebrity Q&A panels, all the amazing cos-play costumes, and to purchase all the exclusive SDCC POPS! It gets so crazy at the FUNKO booth that you have to fill out a checklist of the ones you want to purchase, and they have to hand them to you as you stand in a line that they cut off after a certain amount of people for the entire day. I desperately want to go one day.

My collection has grown significantly since last October and it keeps growing, my only advice to whoever is starting a collection or who wants to start one is to collect for you and what you like, do not collect to just collect because it will get overwhelming very fast. Most people like to keep them in the box, like myself and my wife, and some take them out of the box, like my daughter. We have a pretty good collection going on.





 We love finding Funko Pops while we're out shopping and we want to start, or add to someone's collection! One lucky winner will get this Oogie Boogie figure!




US winners only. Box has some wear. In the event that the prize can not be fulfilled, another of equal value may be substituted.

Good Luck!

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