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Y’all, this mom gig is hard. Its taxing: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. So anytime I see a gadget, a whoozit, or a thingamabob that will make my life easier, I need to A. buy two and B. let other people know about it so I can help a sistah out!

 

If you’ve got older kids and wish they would just fix their own breakfasts but are terrified at the thought of them pouring their own milk into a bowl–because, let’s face it, most of it will end up on the floor–grab this handy dandy device!

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It’s called “The Magic Tap” and turns any bottle–milk, juice, soda–into a tapped dispenser! Your Littles just press their bowl or cup up to it and faster than you can say, “Put that down!” they’ll have their own breakfast made!

 

Anyone else have a kiddo that likes to squeeze their own toothpaste? Wait, let me rephrase, anyone else hate seeing a sink full of Tom’s toothpaste WASTED? Join the club, girl. I think I might actually invest in this:

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The iLifeTech hands-free toothpaste dispenser not only dispenses the correct amount of toothpaste for the wee people in your life, it also comes with a sanitizer able to hold 5 toothbrushes!

 

Anyone else a babywearer? When Huff the Babe was smaller, I loved being able to pop in the Moby Wrap or in my ring sling and do stuff around the house or go shopping while also getting some snuggle-time with my boy. My biggest complaint, though, was needing my purse while at the mall or grocery store and not being able to carry it on my shoulder. Thankfully, TWELVELittle has some ca-yoot fanny packs to help a momma out!

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When I was nursing, I didn’t mind using a cover in public, but it was a bummer that I couldn’t see my little one. I liked being able to have that intimate time of eye contact with my baby and Huff the Babe liked to see me. (Please note: if you nurse without a cover in public, go you! I’m personally not comfortable with it but if that’s your choice, you do you, sistah!)  the company Skip Hop has you covered (literally–hey-oh!) with their windowed nursing scarf!

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Not only are the covers super cute and have a window to watch baby, but they go ALL. THE. WAY. AROUND. This means there’s no way baby can kick or tug and flash “the girls” for the entire mall to see!  

 

A few years ago, I did a Try It Tuesday about cleaning mold out of bath toys. That made me put a moratorium on bath squirters for my kids. Which kind of stinks, because the little monsters LOVE them! Thankfully, Marcus and Marcus has a better-designed bath toy for mold-paranoid moms like me!

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These bath squirters come in different shapes and colors but also detach so they can be cleaned! And bonus! They’re made of silicone and can be washed in the dishwasher! Can I get a hallelujah?!

 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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The other night after Huff the Hubs gave Huff the Babe a bath, he called me into the bathroom. “Look!” he said, disgusted, pointing to the bathtub. There were little black blobs floating in the water.

“What is that?!” I asked.

“I think its mold,” HtH replied.

I really hated to throw these away because HtB LURVES them SO much. Completely grossed out, I went to Pinterest to look for a way to clean up my kid’s bath toys. Evidently, this is not an uncommon thing. Thankfully, I found a pin that had some helpful tips:

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Here’s what you need:

~A large bowl (or sink)

~Vinegar

~Bleach

First, I looked for the toys that had the little holes that water could enter into. As you can see, the holes were black, indicating mold:

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I filled my bathroom sink up with hot water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar (I cleaned the sink beforehand; very important) and dropped in the toys. I made sure to squeeze vinegar water into the toys and swish the mixture around to break up the mold:

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I let the toys soak for about 2 hours and then rinsed them out. By the time I was finished with the toys, the water looked like this:

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Disgusting, right?

What was more disgusting was the fact that I could still SEE mold in the toys. I decided to pull no punches and grabbed the bleach. I soaked the toys again, in the kitchen sink, using a hot water and Clorox concoction. I soaked the toys for another hour and then rinsed them. Here’s what Hermione’s favorite unicorn puked up:

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So. Flipping. Gross.

BUT, I am happy to report that Eunice the Unicorn had a shimmering white mouth AND we couldn’t see any buildup of mold through her belly–yay! The story was not the same, however, for one of the cupcakes. We could literally see the mold through the plastic. Huff the Hubs decided we should just call it and toss the tiny cake. I agreed, but asked that he cut it open first:

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Try not to vomit.

After I rinsed and dried the other toys, I got the hot glue gun and closed up any of the squirter holes in the toys. Hopefully this will help keep the mold at bay. And, if all else fails, we’ll just toss the toys. Although that will make bath time a very dull affair.

Have you ever cleaned your kids’ bath toys? What did you do?