Potty Training Help – No Matter What Stage You’re In!

Big thank you to Pull-Ups for letting me share info about their Big Kid Academy, and all of the amazing free potty training tools and information they have. #Sponsored.

We’ve finally got potty training down, 99%. It was a challenge. Abby started before she was two – and did amazing, right off the bat. Then she was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, which was rough on all of us. So we kind of stalled on trying to push any new changes for a long time. Which also means I’m a pro at potty training – I’ve been doing it for a long time :) All kids are unique, all families are unique, and potty training can be a challenge. Don’t get discouraged, don’t try one of the “trendy methods” like 3-day potty training {only 23% of parents have tried this, and most admit it doesn’t work.} Take your time, and make sure to use Pull-Ups™ from the start.

Potty Training Tips: Getting Started and Keeping it Going

There are a lot of reasons to use Pull-Ups from the start of potty training, and I’ll share more later in this post. But first I want to share an amazingly awesome resource with you guys – whether you’re just getting started potty training, are in that middle stage and frustrated by a lack of progress, or are almost finished up. It’s the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy, and you will LOVE it. I pinky promise. Check it out:

Pull-Up's Big Kid Academy Homepage - Potty training tips!

It’s super easy to enroll in the Pull-Up’s Big Kids Academy. Head to their website at Pull-Ups.com to get started. See that bright and cheerful homepage? It’s just waiting to help you get going, so click “Enroll Now” to join. Then add your info and what stage you are in on your potty training adventure to get signed up, so you get personalized tips to help you along the way.

Potty training tips from experts

Need some advice when things aren’t going as expected? Want to share a potty training tip with other parents? Well, the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy site will build you a personalized dashboard filled with information, tips, and offers that are perfect for you and your little one. From articles that fit your potty training stage, to cool activities and ideas to make potty training fun, plus coupons and product info. Awesome, right?

Pull-Ups Readiness Quiz - How to figure out if kids are ready to potty train?

If you’re brand new to potty training, the Pull-Up’s Big Kid Academy site will share thing like the readiness quiz, so you can determine if your kiddo is ready to start potty training. These types of tips and tools will be right on your personalized dashboard.

Then you’ve got super fun interactive stuff on the site too – Like the potty dance videos. You’re kiddo can choose their favorite character, and it’ll show you a fun video of how to do the “Potty Dance.” The step by step directions are also included on the site. Why a potty dance? It gives kids a reason to celebrate when they have a big accomplishment – going potty! It makes it more fun, less like work. And, the songs remind them that pulling up their Pull-Up is being a big kid – versus having mom or dad give them a diaper. And if you’re the parent of a toddler, you know they do NOT want anything to do with being a baby anymore :) Pull-Ups help them get involved, and teach independence since they can pull them off and on by themselves. And they’re way more convenient and economical than a diaper too.

And now – one of my FAVORITE potty training helpers… The Pull-Ups Time to Potty App! This was a lifesaver to us when getting Abby potty trained. Being a mom is a busy job, and it can be hard to always remember when to take a toddler to try to potty, especially if you’re on the go. But the app will give you regular reminders, to keep things consistent.

Potty Time App

And, kids love it – because every time they go potty successfully, they get a reward, since it unlocks super cool new games each time they go to the potty.  Abby would try to go the bathroom every 10 minutes just because she wanted new games :) If they have accidents, you add those in, and the timer will adjust the potty break time to be personalized to you. And it tracks your kiddo’s progress, so you can see how things are improving week by week!

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So – what do you think? Join the conversation on the Pull-Ups Facebook page, or feel free to ask me questions ANY time over on my own Facebook page or on Twitter. And be sure to follow Pull-Ups on Pinterest – it’s a newer account, so make sure to share with your friends too. They’re growing it every day and it’s a great resource! :) I also have a rockin’ Potty Training Pinterest board you can check out too, above. And moms – give yourself a pat on the back. Potty training is challenging, but you’re doing a great job – no matter what stage you’re at! :)

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Tour China for Free – Trip for Two Giveaway!

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Who wants a vacation? I know I sure do. They call this “summer vacation” – but when you’re a work at home mom, and get to watch other people’s kid all summer while they’re out of school, it’s kind of the opposite of a vacation :) So – if you’re ready for a super cool getaway too, make sure to enter to WIN one!!

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Awesome Tip: Never Run Out of Ink Again! HP Instant Ink available at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Ok ladies. {And gentlemen – I know a handful of you read my posts here too. “Hi dad!!”} I have a seriously AWESOME new product and service to share with you today. Like, life changing. Almost as life changing as the new way to take pics from your cell phone I showed you the other day. It saves you time. Saves you money. And is super cool. Introducing…. The new HP Instant Ink, available from my best buds over at Best Buy. Let me tell ya all about it…

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Attention Gamers – $50 iTunes or Google Play Gift Card Giveaway!

Hey friends – here’s another awesome giveaway for you to enter! Because I love bringing you opportunities to win prizes. Why? Because I love to win prizes myself – so I want to help you win too! Woo hoo :) Check it out…

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Low-Cal Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

This week I made a super awesome Sweet’N Low Low-Cal Lemon Drop Martini as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. Big thanks to them for allowing me to a part of the #SweetNLowStars – hope you enjoy!

I’ve been posting a few back to school giveaway posts this week. And I know a ton of other bloggy moms around the country who have kids going back to school in the next week. But – here in Central Washington, we’re still in the upper 90′s to 100′s, and have almost a month left of summer vacation left. Which means, I’m still in a summer state of mind :) We just got back from an awesome camping trip at Rimrock Lake {have you seen the pics on Instagram? It was so gorgeous.} And I just can’t feel the whole fall mindset yet. Which is why I’m still in the mood for light, simple, and easy food and drink recipes. Check out a new fave of mine – it’s even low-cal. Which is mucho important when it’s still swimsuit season here.

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$500 Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway!

Woo hoo! This week I’ve brought you guys some really cool back to school giveaways – but now let’s have one big giveaway bash to end the summer with, shall we? This one is awesomesauce – one lucky winner gets a whopping $500 in cash!! What would you do if you won? So many possibilities, right? :)

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This Will Change How You Take Photos from Your Phone Forever

Big thank you to the Best Buy WOLF Blogging Network and the peeps at Sony for giving me the chance to try out the new lens style camera, the Sony QX10, and share the awesomeness with you! I received a complimentary product, but you know my opinions are my own, as always.

There are a few things that describe me well: Social media junkie. Photo addict. Tech lover. Memory capturer. Which is why I’ve always loved photography. Sure, I’m no pro – although I did take a few years of photography back in high school. Back when we had this weird stuff called film in our SLR cameras. {Notice the lack of a D at the beginning of that?} We developed our own film in darkrooms. Printed our own photos too, testing out different exposure settings. Do I sound old yet? :) But obviously these days photography has changed – drastically – in just the {let’s just say “slightly over”} 10 years I’ve been out of high school. Not only do we have DSLRs, smart phones, awesome point and shoot options, and more – but now, there’s a totally awesome new way to take pics. It’ll blow your mind. Check it out….

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