Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dot Dot Small Packing Cubes Review


Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


I'm an organizer by nature - it's just me. And when it comes to packing (for the gym, a trip, anywhere) I can be a little obsessed with how I organize my things. I have been known to use an entire box of plastic bags to organize my things inside my bag. I like to have things separated so that I can find them quickly.

So when I heard about Dot Dot Small Packing cubes, my heart skipped a beat just a little. Yes please!

And since you know that I Will Run For Ice Cream my first place that I tested out the Dot Dot Small Packing cubes was at the gym.

The Dot Dot Small Packing cubes come in a 4 piece set. And when I opened the box I thought they were pretty small, and honestly really didn't think that much would fit in there. But I tossed one in my gym bag anyway so that I could try it out.

After my workout, usually I will put my sweaty wet clothes into a plastic bag to bring them home.
Check this out - inside this small cube is a pair of long pants, a sports bra, underwear, socks and a t-shirt. And there is actually a little room to spare!


One side of the cube is breathable mesh, and the other side is durable plastic. I'm not sure that the picture does it justice, but at the top is a handle. So you could actually use the handle to carry the Dot Dot Small Packing Cube

But it also fit great inside my gym bag. 

Now I can put clean clothes in one, dirty clothes in another, swim clothes in one, or toiletries... you get the idea. And I can only imagine how useful it would be when packing for a trip. I also put one in Lil Man's backpack to hold his change of clean clothes for school. It fit nicely (actually worked better than the plastic bag that I was previously using.). 

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the Dot Dot Small packing cubes. So far they seem very durable and versatile. And I will get a lot of use out of them.

Are you obsessed about organizing things like I am? 


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Monday, October 27, 2014

MegaMesh Magnetic Screen Door Review - Keep The Bugs Away

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Let's face it, bugs are a nuisance. And there are times that you want to enjoy the fresh air, but leaving the door open isn't an option. Well check out the MegaMesh Magnetic Screen Door


And when it says easy install, it really means easy to install. We choose to use thumb tacks for a little extra support (but we didn't use the adhesive because we knew that we'd be moving it). We decided to put it on Lil Man's bedroom door. Our Maltese (Tula) sleeps in his room, and we wanted to give it a thorough testing. I figured between Lil Man and the dog, that this would really put the MegaMesh Screen Door to the test. 

It took about 5 minutes to install, and Lil Man was ready to go. He ran through it and back, and through it and back. Seriously! 

And each time it popped back to closed. No matter how hard he ran through it, or how many times he flung it open, it would close back on it's own. 




Tula wasn't a fan at first (she was scared). But after a time or two, she got the hang of it. It opened easy for her and closed back behind her. 

I've personally have been through it numerous times, and it really is no hands open and close. 

We've had this door up for several days now, and it's still working like a charm. I would consider the MegaMesh Magnetic Screen Door durable, and an excellent choice if you are in the market for a magnetic door, 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Where There Is A Will - Raising A Strong Willed Child

I'll come clean - I like things my way, done my way and in the time frame that I want them done. I'm working on changing and being more flexible, but let's get real, it's not going to happen overnight.


So I shouldn't be surprised that Lil Man is cut from the same cloth. (I might add that although Hubby probably denies it, he also likes things done in his way and his time frame also. I do think though that his time frame is a little slower than mine. I tend to want things done now verses later). But Lil Man being 3.5 can definitely be a little strong-willed at times.

And these last couple of weeks, it's been battles over the little things - like getting dressed - time to leave the house - time for bed - what he doesn't want to eat etc. I think you get the picture. And by the end of the day it can truly be exhausting (Can I get an amen?)

And does anyone else feel a little inadequate at times? I mean, I'm helping my son learn how to cope with situations, understand his feelings, express his feelings, follow rules, and make his own decisions.

Apparently I've been using 1,2,3 a lot because our dog Tula was whining. Lil Man told her to stop. She didn't. He pointed his finger at her and said "One!"



I first tried positive re-enforcement and that so far hasn't worked. In my long 3.5 years of motherhood, ;) I have found that every child  is different. What may work for one, might not work for another. I've also found that it's ALWAYS changing. What worked yesterday might not work today - or Hubby can use one method, and I can't.

I am finding that consistency is the key. Be consistent and follow through.

At first I was concerned at my son's strong-willed personality, but then I came to understand that just because he is strong-willed doesn't mean that's a bad thing. Because he can use his strong-willed determination to reach his own goals and be passionate about important things in his life.

Just as Lil Man is learning about life - so am I. Each day is a day full of learning as a Mom. I'm learning that it's important to pick your battles, it's also important to step back and breathe.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Things They Don't Tell You About Motherhood

What they don't tell you about Motherhood...

They don't tell you that you will feel love in a way that you've never felt before, to the point that it almost hurts at times.

They don't tell you that watching your child struggle at something is one of the most painful feelings in the world.

They don't tell you that watching them gain their independence is one of the most gratifying yet scariest feelings ever.

They don't tell you that when they hurt you feel it in every fiber of your being.

They don't tell you that even as they get older, you'll still check on them in the middle of the night to make sure they are still breathing.

They don't tell you that there will be days that you will feel like the worst parent in the world, that you wonder if you are cut out for this, and  if you'll ever figure out how to do this.

Because the truth is (in my world), there are some days that I wonder if I will ever figure this parenting thing out. As soon as I have it (or think I do) then we hit another stage, another learning curve, and more challenges (most fun, at times not).

They don't tell you that some of the things that will come out of your kid's mouth at the age of 3 will make you laugh so hard you'll pee yourself (cause face it, laughing makes you pee now since everything got stretched. FYI - they don't always tell you about that part either).

They don't tell you that sometimes it feels as if you are looking in a mirror, just a smaller cuter version of yourself. And in that mirror you see the things about yourself that you'd rather not see, and at times you see the things about yourself that you love. And you see your spouse and his traits (some good - some bad).

And they don't tell you that how you handle situations is how your little one might also handle them.

They don't tell you that everything is a learning experience - from brushing teeth, to washing your hands, to playing with toys - everything and I mean everything is somehow related to learning something.

To me, Motherhood is the scariest thing that I've ever done, but it's also been the most challenging, most loving, and most rewarding experience of my life so far.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Getting Back To Basics - Unfiltered

I'm going to be mixing things up a bit on the blog. As you know I'm a stay-at-home mom to our adorable never a dull moment Lil Man. And as a lot of stay-at-home moms do I sometimes struggle with the lack of providing financial support to our family. (It's Today Not Tomorrow) Don't get me wrong I feel that I do plenty of work  being a stay-at-home mom to our son. And my husband recognizes what I do.

But last year I did a lot of administrative freelance work when Lil Man was in preschool to help supplement our income. It was nice, but it also really stressed me out because I felt that I was using every free moment that I had to work.

This year I've tried a different approach. I dropped all of my freelance jobs, and  I've been focusing more on the blog in the way of trying to get my numbers up with increased traffic and trying to generate a little money that way. But the reality is I kind a lost focus of what I really want to do with this blog. So instead I'm planning on getting back to where I want to be which is me sharing myself with you and those of you who want to read what I have to say.

I also enjoy doing product reviews. I always have. I enjoy testing out products and giving my opinion on what I think about those products. But usually if your numbers are aren't a certain  number the companies don't want to work with you, and because of that I've been numbers focused. 

And I feel as though I've become so number conscious that I've lost my focus, I've lost my joy, and I've I wound up working hours to just try to create better numbers. So in a sense I created another job for myself however it didn't generate any revenue :-)

So I realize that I am losing focus with what I want so it's back to being me. This is who I am. I'm going back to the basics ya'll, and I appreciate each and everyone of you who take the time out of your day to read this blog. Oh and mom thanks for being my #1 fan and reader ;)



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